“Abundant life” includes finding meaningful work that allows us to use our talents and skills in ways that benefit us and others. God does not will us to trudge to work daily, dreading the hours before us.
Sometimes it takes people a long time to find a way to earn a living that also allows them to feel good at the end of the day about how they have invested that day of their life. But God has given each of us gifts that we are meant to use with joy.
—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How have you been able to use your God-given gifts in the work (paid or volunteer) that you do? Join the conversation.
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, for the
Lord and not for people.
—Colossians 3:23 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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In Fully Human, Fully Divine, Whitney R. Simpson writes, “An embodied Advent invites us to live the experience of this season fully, with our whole selves, right here and right now as we await the Christ child.” Learn more about this year’s Advent resource by visiting UpperRoom.org/fullyhuman.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Reign of Christ
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