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The world is changing. When time passes between meetings, you see that friends and family are changing too.

And you are changing as well.

In these next moments, open your heart to God, who is seeking more than change in you, but transformation—something truly new.

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What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.

Romans 4:1–5

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What does it mean to be righteous? By definition, it is a person who is virtuous in their conduct and morally right. When I think of Abraham, I think of his relationship with God. Abraham gave his whole heart and confidence to God. His obedient trust led him on a journey into the unknown. Because of his faith, he counted on God for everything. And God remained with him—even when he doubted along the way.

Relationships are two-way streets; each person needs to be open and receptive to listen to the other. It isn’t always sunshine and roses, but often involves give and take, compromise, and forgiveness when things break down. This is the gift God gave the world through his Son, Jesus.

We don’t have to prove anything for God to love us. God does ask that we follow in the ways of those who obeyed as best they could, despite their human weaknesses—people like Abraham and David. God calls me to righteousness, and loves us no matter what.

Sharon Ely Pearson

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Help me to give my heart to you, O God. Give me the strength to put all my trust in you. Clear my doubts. Show me the ways to be righteous in your sight on my life’s journey. Amen.

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Go

God's light is powerful, revealing
The way to new life,
A new birth by the power of the Spirit.

Walk into your day, then, with new questions
Received with infinite love,
Leading towards a life of righteousness.

God's steadfast care will provide.

Sharon Ely Pearson

Sharon Ely Pearson is an editor and the Christian formation specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated. She is the co-author of Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People and co-editor of Marked for Mission: Youth in Action. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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