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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

They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

Acts 2:47

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Think

Show and tell. That is what the believers did. They told people what God was doing for them. They praised God for the goodness in their lives. They showed everyone around them.

Do I show God’s goodness? Do I tell everyone who will listen? Do I see God’s hands at work or only mine? Do I say, “Look what I did,” or “Look what God did”? And are people being added to the community because I show and tell of God’s goodness?

When I think of “show and tell,” I think of cutting stories out of the newspaper to tell my classmates about in school. It was scary to stand in front of a classroom full of people. It can be scary to tell a new friend or even an old one what God is doing in my life. What if I don’t say it correctly? What if I seem silly or stupid?

But if God is showing goodness to me, how can I help but proclaim it?

Deborah Guy

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Pray

Holy God, help me to always live a life of faith. Help me to proclaim your goodness. 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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