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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

All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them.

Acts 2:44-45

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Think

Are there people in my church that are in need? What do I do about it? What do the other believers do to help? Is there a sense of family in my community? Do people care? What would I do if I found out someone in my church family lost their job or their home? Could I pray for them and be supportive? Could I help in some other concrete way? If I have an allowance or a job, do I use at least some of that money to support the ministries of my church or the local community? Do I help support missions in the rest of the world?

Sometimes, it is easy to think that our own little bit of money or time cannot help anyone. When we get caught up in that way of thinking, we forget that it is everyone’s little bit of money and time that can come together to change the world. Not to mention, the act of giving changes us too.

Deborah Guy

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Pray

Holy God, help me to always live a life of faith. Show me how to help others in your name. 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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