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So then, with endurance, let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us.

Hebrews 12:1

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Listen

Don’t worship false gods like some of them did, as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink and they got up to play. Let’s not practice sexual immorality, like some of them did, and twenty-three thousand died in one day. Let’s not test Christ, like some of them did, and were killed by the snakes. Let’s not grumble, like some of them did, and were killed by the destroyer. These things happened to them as an example and were written as a warning for us to whom the end of time has come.

1 Corinthians 10:7-11

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Think

Wow! The journey of life gets tough sometimes, doesn’t it?! We can feel so much pressure to get everything right — grades, relationships, college or career plans. Sometimes it feels good to distract ourselves from our struggles.

The people in our Scripture today were struggling in their journey through the wilderness. When the going got tough, they tried a lot of different things to make themselves feel better. Their choices only made things worse.

Just about anything can be used to help get our minds off of real life — TV, video games, music, social media, food. We might even be tempted sometimes to choose things that are harmful to us just to make it through the day without having to face life’s difficulties. All the while, true strength and rest are found in our relationship with Christ.

Find strength in Christ today. You got this!

Dixie Ford

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Pray

God, when today gets tough, help me find my strength in you. Amen.

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Go

As you go, hear the words of Jesus,

encouraging you on your journey:

“Look, I myself will be with you every day.” (Matthew 28:20)

Dixie Ford

Dixie Ford is the Children’s Pastor at Grace, a United Methodist Congregation in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband Scott are loving life with 2 children, 2 teenagers, 2 cats, and 2 new puppies!

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