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God’s words challenge you to live a life worthy of imitation.

Step into the challenge of these words today and be reminded that you are called to shine light into darkness, and the light you shine points back to the love of God.

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Listen

Send your light and truth—those will guide me! Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling place.

Psalm 43:3

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Think

As a child I remember feeling lost in the woods once at night. The rescue came from someone carrying a flashlight, who also knew which way to walk on the trail.

Our world needs more people carrying lights to guide us on the trails pointing directly to the love of Jesus Christ. There are too many opportunities to be led astray. There are too many things competing for our love and attention. There are too many people using the right words but twisting the meanings to fit themselves.

The Psalmist cried out for light and truth to guide them. The destination is the holy mountain, God’s dwelling place. Light and truth lead there. That is the litmus test for not being led astray. Does this person or thing lead me to God’s dwelling place? Do I lead others to God’s dwelling place with my actions and words?

Be of strong heart and mind as you seek the truth that is the Gospel of Jesus. Guide when it’s your time; follow when you need respite. And always be guided by the light and truth found at the holy mountain.

Brian Foreman

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Pray

God, send me guides I can trust. Grow in me the qualities of one to be trusted. I pray your light and truth are in me and are passed on to others as you see fit. Amen.

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Go

You are the light of your community.

You are the salt of the neighborhood.

You carry God’s truth to the places you go.

Be confident that imitating Christ is your call, even imperfectly.

Be bold in lifting others up in a world that seeks to put them down.

Remember your brothers and sisters, and pray for them this day.

Amen.

Brian Foreman

Brian Foreman is the Executive Director of the Center for Church and Community at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. He lives in Raleigh with his family, which includes a new 4-legged member since this summer.

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