Sunday, August 26th


In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross. - Philippians 2:5-8

Dear Jesus, it is liberating to know that since you have come into my life that my attitude and emotions are no longer a captive of my circumstances.  With you in my jail cell, I can choose to live like you in humility and love even when I feel slighted, hurt, vengeful or angry.  It is very comforting to know that I can acknowledge those feelings and the people and incidents that cause them and then simply fold them up and put them away in a box while I lose myself in loving everyone, even my enemies.  It is invigorating to think that nothing and no one can really dictate how I feel except you and your promises.  Help me to remember all of this when I step out of my home today because I am used to forgetting it around 10:00 am every day.  Give others the light of your love by helping me to remember to choose a good attitude. AMEN

"As a child of God you don't just sit and wait for hope.  No, grace enables you to get up and live in hope." - Paul David Tripp