Today’s Scripture: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to the knowledge of repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Most secular life improvement tips are self-focused and predictable such as: ‘Be true to yourself.’ or ‘Follow your heart.’ However, I found a life improvement tip from a secular author that surprised me. He actually suggested praying. He stated, “Try praying, at least once.… There’s something interesting about praying; even people who say they don’t believe in God are loathe to pray for the opposite of what they really want. How come? Is it because that, underneath all that cynicism, they actually do believe?”1

The founder of FaceBook®, Mark Zuckerberg, who was once a cynical atheist, has changed his stance on the existence of a higher authority. Over the holidays last year, he posted, “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah…” One of his fans questioned his post and asked, “Aren’t you an atheist?” to which Mark responded, “I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.” I believe that this change occurred because he became a father. I’m not saying this brought him to salvation but that witnessing the miracle of birth and now being responsible for a tiny life may have changed his view on whether or not there is a God.

Scripture clearly states that God is not willing that any should perish – that means even those who completely deny his existence. We should have the same desire for them that our Heavenly Father does. Who knows what the Lord will allow into their lives that may turn their beliefs a completely different direction. If you have a family member, a friend, or a co-worker who is an atheist, don’t ever give up on them. Keep them in your prayers. Live out your testimony and treat that person with love and kindness. There will most likely come a time in their life when they will either need a godly friend or realize they need God Himself.

1 Ablow, Dr. Keith, Beyond New Year’s Resolutions: Fifteen ways to improve your life in 2015, Fox News, 2015

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.