Your group may benefit from identifying two or three values that will guide and focus your work and then defining how you know when your group study and discussion are being guided by those values and how you know when you have strayed from them. Maybe your group decides that faith, hope, and love will be your underlying values. Or maybe you will embrace service, scripture, and stability. Whatever your values, be sure they are simple and clear. Take time to decide together, using behavioral terms, how you will know when you are living by your group’s values in your meetings and how you will know when your values have been compromised.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How do you keep track of whether you are living by your values? Join the conversation.
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.
—James 1:22-24 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
You have given me life.
You have filled me with your Spirit.
I am your child, not a slave to fear.
I am your child; light my path and guide my steps.
I am your child; hold me.
Hold me tight.
(Adapted from Romans 8.)
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