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Life can feel scattered.

When everything else beckons for our attention — schoolwork, jobs, family, sports, and future endeavors — we might push faith aside.

But faith is supposed to be in the center of our lives.

In simple daily tasks — reading the Bible, caring for others, eating together, and praying — we are drawn closer to God and to each other.

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Listen

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles.

Acts 2:42-43

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Think

What am I devoted to? Devotion implies commitment. Faith lies in the center of life and commitments. The activities of life form the structure, but it is in the day-to-day interactions with God and other people that we have the opportunity to live out our faith.

What could I do to enhance my relationship with God and other believers? Where are my growing points? Do I study to know what God can teach me? Do I know the people in my church? Do I participate in activities like sharing a meal in community? Do I pray? Do I talk about my faith and where God has touched my life? Where is my sense of awe in the works of God? How do I live out my faith in the larger community? Do I stand up in the face of injustice or need or suffering?

And if I lack in any of these areas, what could I do to become stronger and more committed in my faith?

Deborah Guy

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Pray

Holy God, help me to always live a life of faith. Show me how my faith can grow. Amen.

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Go

Remember: Faith is the essence of life.

Deborah Hurd Guy

Deborah Guy is a freelance writer and instructor. She lives in Georgia with her cat Midnight. Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading, and rescuing animals. She is currently working on a book explaining how church people and others can truly help the poor. It will be created based on research both from the academic literature and sociological interviews. She wants to get past the middle class values that shape what people are willing to do for the poor and get at what people really need.

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