Pause

Begin by asking God for eyes to see, a heart to praise, and a voice to give thanks.

Center yourself in God’s goodness and faithful love. Rest in knowing that God’s intentions for you are for good, not for harm.

Be reminded that there is nothing that can separate you from God’s never-ending love.

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Listen

After Jesus said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

Luke 19:28-30

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Think

In prior verses, Jesus told his disciples a parable about faithfulness. Now, as if to say, “Were you paying attention?,” he gives two of his disciples the opportunity to be faithful. Can they be entrusted to do this task? Or perhaps a more honest question is: “Can Jesus be trusted?”

God always operates from a place of goodness and love. So when Jesus asks his disciples to go and fetch a colt that is tied up at a man’s house in the neighboring village, we must know that this is not a trick or a trap. Rather, this is a command that is rooted in trust. Can the disciples trust Jesus that it will be as he says? Yes. Can we trust Jesus when we are asked to be courageous with our actions? Yes.

We often think of praise in terms of words only, but our acts of obedience are some of the very best ways that we can praise God. Words can be empty. But if we truly trust God’s goodness and love, then we act without fear!

Devita Parnell

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Pray

God, help me be obedient to you today responding to your requests to love and serve others. Help me to notice the ways you nudge me to act with kindness and forgiveness. Show me opportunities to listen, to encourage, and to stand up for others. May this be my act of praise! Amen.

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Go

Pay attention to your words and actions today. Share generously your praise toward God and others.

Rejoice. Celebrate. Praise.

Devita Parnell

Devita Parnell serves as the Young Baptist Ecosystem Manager for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and is active in First Baptist Church Decatur, Georgia as a deacon, first grade Sunday school teacher, and pianist. She lives a full and fulfilling life with her husband, Mark, two children, Tyler and Julia, and three pets (2 dogs and 1 cat).

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