When we feel that God is asking us to do something important or we feel God’s call to serve or to help others, we want to be at our best. Just as we would want to give our best to our boss or company, we should offer no less to God. Faith is what keeps us alive and awake, and when we freshen our faith through service and dedication to the things of God, we are made all the bolder and more vibrant in our abilities to focus on the tasks God has laid before us.
Today, give your best effort when you help a neighbor or when you are listening to someone who is looking for advice or a confidant. Staying fresh and alert is just another way of remaining hopeful and faithful in our journey with God.
—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Stay alert! You don’t know what day the Lord is coming.
—Matthew 24:42 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the lessons and love—expected and unexpected—you will bring today.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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