Prayer, worship, practicing the presence of God—these are things that will keep us close to God when we start to feel overwhelmed at the work set before us. Jesus has shown us how to lead and how to care for our souls. He has shown us how to stay close to God, even as he gathered a new community and taught and healed and traveled. Let’s lean on Jesus as we go about our lives and ministries and remember that the church doesn’t live on our strength alone; it lives only by the power of God. It’s not all on us! We can’t ruin what God has established, so let’s give ourselves a break and remember the unforced rhythms of grace.
—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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[The Lord] said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me.
—2 Corinthians 12:9 (CEB)
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.
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