Pursuing wholeness has led me to freedom from a facade. I’m not pretending to have it all together anymore. Seeking wholeness has trained me to live in very authentic, organic, consistent ways. I live with integrity and can be my true self; I’m not hiding from anybody. I’ve discovered that God’s love for me is not dependent upon my productivity or my positivity. Because I am close to Jesus, I can be vulnerable, and my vulnerability might help others on their spiritual journey. There is no substitute for closeness with Jesus on this soul reset journey. He is the first thing, the last thing, and everything in between!
—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)
How can you embrace authenticity in your relationship with God and in your relationships with others? Join the conversation.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
—Psalm 25:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness in the year ahead. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
New Every Morning Readers, we encourage you to take advantage of a free 30-day trial subscription to the email edition of The Upper Room, the only daily devotional guide written entirely by its readers. To start your free trial, visit upperroom.org/welcome.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Baptism of the Lord
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.