Merely because we are busy, or even skilled, at doing something does not necessarily mean that we are getting anything accomplished. The question must always be asked: Is it worth doing?

Robert Coleman

Reading: Jeremiah 18-22; Psalm 18

Father, you are my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. You rescued me from the grip of darkness because you delight in me. How merciful you are! Your way is perfect and your Word proves true over and over again. You equip me for your purposes that I may bring you glory. If I tell myself, “I will not speak anymore of your name, and I won’t tell anyone of your works,” it feels as if my bones were on fire and I become weary from holding it in. Lord, you make it clear that what you want are people who do justice and righteousness, deliver the oppressed, treat the refugee, orphan, and widow with care, and never shed innocent blood. May their cry become my own, that I may share your heart. 

The Bible tells us that God’s people are blessed so that they can be a blessing to others. That means our affluence should be used for influence. But how do we do that?

Read the rest of my article at Gospel-Centered Discipleship for some ways to get started.

The necessary goods in this world amount to these two things: health and a friend.

St. Augustine

Character is what comes out of people in a pinch. When you squeeze the tube, whatever is inside comes out. Good character or bad character.

Jonathan Dodson

There is a lifetime burning in every moment.

T. S. Eliot

Reading: Jeremiah 1-6; Psalm 14

Father, when you look down from heaven to find any who do good you find that there is none. Every person has sinned and fallen short of your glory. For generations your people looked to the horizon for salvation to come out of Zion. Oh, how glorious that I live in the days after that salvation came in Christ! You raised up one who would not fall into temptation or give into sin, then you handed him over to be crushed for all those who, like me, continually sin against you. O Lord, let us rejoice today in your grace! Let us stand by the roads and look for your ancient path where the good way is, and let us walk in it that we may find rest for our souls. Keep me from becoming apathetic about your love and your cause. Before I even existed you knew me and the good works you had set aside for me. Keep me on the good way that I might complete those works. 

Power can do everything but the most important thing: it cannot control love.

Philip Yancey

Reading: Song of Songs 5-8; Psalm 12

Father, at times it seems like the faithful have vanished and there is not one godly person to be found. Everyone’s speech is made up of lies, and the poor are mistreated. But you will not stand idly by forever. When the poor are mistreated you will arise and come to their side. Your words are perfectly pure, like silver refined seven times over. I do not deserve the love you have for me, the way you have pursued me all my life. You were sick with love for me until I came to put my faith in your Son. Now I am yours. Your desire is for me, and mine is for you. Many waters cannot quench the love you have for your children, neither can floods destroy it. Your love cannot be bought, but must simply be accepted. For the price has already been paid. 

Life has come to life and is pouring out like a mighty river into the world, in the form of a new poet, the power of love.

N.T. Wright