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.

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God — whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did — when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.

2 Timothy 1:1-4

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Though you couldn’t tell by watching him at youth group, David had a social anxiety disorder. He struggled in social situations to the point that he avoided school dances, sporting events, and parties. When in an uncomfortable situation, he would hyperventilate and start shaking. Sometimes he would even pass out.

David later explained that church was the one place that he felt comfortable. When asked to think through what made his church experiences different, he said, “I can’t really explain what makes this place different, but I know that I feel God’s love when I’m with these people.”

Christian community is powerful stuff. It’s hard to describe because, in many ways, God’s love for us is beyond words. The difference here is the Holy Spirit in our midst, transforming our lives and calling us to love each other as God loves. In praying for each other, we declare God’s power in our lives. We bear each other’s burdens and feel the depth of relationships that can only come through living together as disciples of Christ.

Michael Harper

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Holy One, thank you for brothers and sisters in Christ who show your love to me and challenge me to be your disciple. May I love and challenge others to serve you today and always. Amen.

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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

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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