Beneath the Surface

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

You’ve probably heard this illustration before, but your life is a lot like an iceberg. Only 10% of who you really are is visible to the rest of the world. There are other parts of you that go really, really deep beneath the surface. 

On an average day, you may be willing to share some of your thoughts, beliefs, convictions, hurts, habits, or other hangups with a trusted family member, colleague, or friend. But the things that are really, really deep beneath the surface may remain hidden. Either you’re afraid of what may be lurking there, or you’re so ashamed of what may be lurking there you’re unwilling to share those things with others. 

But the things that are deep beneath the surface are worthy of your time and exploration. This is where your roots are. And because this is where your roots are, what’s there won’t always remain hidden. In time, even your deepest secrets will be revealed.

As you read today, take the opportunity to prayerfully reflect on what may be deep beneath the surface in your own life.

READING & PRAYERS:

     LUKE 18:9-14, 1 CORINTHIANS 4:5, GALATIANS 5:19-23

QUESTION: In the Luke 18:9-14 passage, what sticks out to you the most? Which of the characters in this story does your life most represent? 

QUESTION: In the Galatians 5:19-23 passage, which of the fruit listed here is most evident in your life? If you’re up for it, ask your spouse or another close friend to affirm your answer.

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3 or 5 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I would like to think that my actions and decisions reveal more of the Fruit of the Spirit than the Fruit of the Flesh, but I recognize this isn’t always the case. Help me continue to dig my roots deeply into You so that the world may better see and experience Your love, grace, and goodness through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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