Often, older people make fun of young idealists—or the dreams of their younger selves. They imply that relinquishing big visions is a good, mature thing to do. I believe that the most essential work we have to do in this world is to marry the hope and vision of youth with our failures. This work allows us to become who we are meant to be. It releases a wiser, stronger power in us that will sustain us for the long haul. We cannot tap this power if we do not face and share our failures.
—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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