Pause

Life gets noisy. Sit for a moment in the eye of your storm. Close your eyes. Feel and hear yourself breathe.

Take absolute confidence in one thing — God’s got this.

This moment, this day, this life — God’s got this.

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Listen

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth! Sing praises to the glory of God’s name! Make glorious his praise!

Say to God: “How awesome are your works! Because of your great strength, your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you, sings praises to you, sings praises to your name!” Selah

Psalm 66:1-4

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Think

This week we consider the Lord’s work. What is work? I’ve held a bunch of jobs. As a boy, I mowed yards, threw papers, did homework. As a man, I’ve changed diapers, put up Christmas lights, helped my children with school projects, taught classes, graded papers…  These things have been my work. Sometimes I’ve been up to my tasks; many times I haven’t.

What about those times when we don’t feel up to the task? Growing up I had a very large uncle. You know, the kind of guy that fills a doorway when he stands in it! I always felt safe around my Uncle Bill — no matter what I was facing. Today’s verses make us realize we have a BIG Lord. God’s work, God’s creation and presence, are awesome. The psalmist says that God’s enemies are out of their league.

This God is in YOUR corner — at school, at home, and at work — ALWAYS there. Today, know that the God of creation is with you. God’s got this.

Bill Ogletree

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Pray

God of creation, let me feel your bigness today. Make your presence fill me with joy. Let that joy spill out to others in my path. Amen.

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Go

Mother Teresa once wrote that we can let God’s grace work in our souls by accepting whatever God gives us and giving whatever God takes from us. She says: “True holiness consists of doing God’s work with a smile.”

Bill Ogletree

Bill Ogletree is a professor at Western Carolina University where he chairs the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. His professional interests center on the communication needs and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. When not at work, Bill enjoys time with his wife and family, an assortment of pets, and a variety of stringed instruments.

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