Sharing our personal thoughts and prayers can seem intimidating and uncomfortable. But just as those in the early church had to overcome those fears, we do too. The more we practice opening our lives to others, the easier it may become.
We would all benefit if we became more transparent and more humble to ask for help or prayer.next >
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
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“I’m so busy!” So many youth – and adults – live hyper-stressed lives because of all they are trying to do. A student recently told me that they wished they had time to just stop and listen. In the midst of our busy lives, today’s Scripture almost seems unrealistic. Really? How could we ever fit anything else into our schedules? Have you ever felt that way?
Today's short verse reminds us that early Christians were devoted to each other. We shouldn’t read this verse and then heap guilt upon ourselves. Instead, we should be reminded that amidst our crazy schedules we have the Body of Christ to lean on. When we live our lives together as the Body of Christ, we find support, comfort, and encouragement.
How can you open your life to others to find support and encouragement? It isn’t easy. Be reminded that life is too difficult to be lived alone!
Dale Tadlocknext >
God, please help me pull down the walls in my life that separate me from others. Remind me that I need others to walk alongside me on this journey. Amen.next >
Prayer is more than just a quiet time with God. It is entering into a community (a life together) as we seek to experience and be the presence of Christ. How might you open your life to others as you seek to be the answer to their prayers?
Dale Tadlock is the associate pastor and minister to young adults and students at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, Virginia. He is currently serving as president of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Youth Ministry Network. He is married to Laura and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Lindsay.