THE SKEWED PRIORITIES of the culture we inhabit run deep. They are etched into the fabric of our decision-making processes and reinforced through a thousand messages and object lessons every day.
The morality of faithlessness and instant gratification pushes on our decision-making processes every time we engage the world on its terms. From pop-up ads to song lyrics to posters on the subway walls; from selfish drivers to a boss who lacks integrity and expects compromise; from the allure of another drink to the indecent propositions of a coworker. The world is broken and we live in it: end of story.
And so we dare not leave our faith at home or bottled up at church when we venture out. We dare not pretend that we can live the Christian life on our own. If Jesus had to say, “Not what I want but what you want” (Matt. 26:39), then how much more do we need the power of God’s transforming presence in our day-to-day lives?
Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men
From page 68 of Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.”
—Matthew 26:39, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Give me the courage and strength to serve you, Lord.
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