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To begin this week, take a few moments to reflect on the below statements. Which of these statements is most true of you. Which is least?
- I have rejected the world’s definition of success (e.g., bigger is better, be popular, attain earthly security) to become the person God has called me to become and to do what God has called me to do (John 4:34; Mark 14:35-39).
- I rarely change the way I act so others will think highly of me or to assure a particular outcome (Matthew 6:1-2; Galatians 1:10).
- I take a lot of time to carefully discern when my plans and ambitions are legitimately for the glory of God and when they cross the line into my own desire for greatness (Jeremiah 45:5; Mark 10:42-45).
- Listening to Jesus and surrendering my will to his will is more important than any other project, program, or cause (Matthew 17:5; John 16:13).
- People close to me would describe me as patient and calm during failures, disappointments, and setbacks (Isaiah 30:15; John 18:10-11).
READING & PRAYERS:
In what ways may God be inviting you to be transformed into His image this week?
What steps will you take this week to slow down and more intentionally discern His will in your life?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I recognize that today’s reading isn’t about shame or criticism, but is simply an indication that too often I try to forge my own path instead of discerning Your will in my life. This week, help me to slow down, embrace silence, and more prayerfully discern how to respond to the day-to-day challenges that come my way. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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