It's a small thing. But a seed contains within it as much potential as anything you might imagine.
Within the context of the universe, each of our lives is small and of relatively little consequence. But we all contain within us great potential as well.
The seed of faith will germinate into great things wherever it is tended well. Take time now for the garden that is your life.next >
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-26next >
A friend has a prayer posted on her refrigerator that goes something like this: “Dear God, so far today I’ve been perfect. I haven’t said anything bad, done anything wrong, or hurt anyone’s feelings. But soon, God, I’m going to get out of bed and there’s a good chance that I’m going to mess something up.”
Though it may sometimes be hard to admit, we’re all in need of God’s grace and love. None of us are perfect and it’s pretty normal for our growing edges to somehow expose themselves to the world at some point each day. That’s life.
Thankfully, though, we can get out of bed with confidence, knowing that God’s love for us is unwavering, despite our shortcomings. We can feel the renewal of God’s mercies each and every morning as we begin a new day. It is this love and mercy that leads us to live boldly as Christ’s disciples in the world, spreading God’s love to those in need.
Michael Harpernext >
Holy God, thank you for your steadfast, unwavering love that transforms me each and every day. May I be renewed with your Spirit as I seek to serve you today. Amen.next >
From deep within your soul
Something beautiful is growing –
Wild and wonderful,
Fruitful and free.
Yield now to the gentle care
Of the One who watches over you,
Tending your soul with great love
And infinite confidence.
Michael Harper is a youth ministry consultant, freelance editor, and team building facilitator in Louisville, Kentucky. He loves eating Tex-Mex, hanging out around campfires, and riding his bike along the Ohio River.
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