Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

My soul is the essence of who I am, my very being. It is the boundless, timeless, passionate part of me. It is my authentic spiritual self.

What does it mean to honor my authentic spiritual self today?

What does it mean to love God with my soul?

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Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom.

James 3:13

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What does it mean to be wise? Do we have to live a long time in order to be a wise person?

Have you ever heard anyone talk about the wisdom of children? Even the youngest among us can show great clarity of thought and action.

Each one of us has a wise part of ourselves. It is that small voice that reminds us not to retaliate when someone hurts us. It’s that feeling we have that we should reach out to someone in need with a shoulder to cry on or a simple smile.

To be in touch with our wisdom, we have to humble ourselves. We have to stop our brain and our ego from going with our first response and find a way to listen to that small voice or feeling inside us – the one that reminds us who we are called to be by God.

By rooting our lives in humility and wisdom, we give ourselves the gift of living deeply into God’s greatest dreams for us.

Wendy Johnson

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I want to be wise, God, and I know that part of wisdom is being humble. Help me to live a life that allows humble wisdom and strength to show through. Amen.

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Go and find that boundless, timeless, passionate part of yourself.

Go and be the person God is calling you to be.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is the Digital Missioner for Formation for The Episcopal Church. As a youth minister and a communications professional, she has worked with young people in the church for 16 years.

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