Summer began, and we were blessed to just let go and relax. As summer ends, we have to prepare for what is ahead, and that includes getting our backpacks in order.

As you prepare for school, or as adults prepare to get back into the regular schedule, the way we prepare and what we put into our backpacks prepares us for what we will face.

As you make your way through this day, take time now to make sure you have what you need to live out your calling.

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By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Galatians 5:22-23

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Our dog, Summit, just turned one year old. Adopted when she was just 10 weeks old, we took her to puppy kindergarten and obedience classes. We hope to train her to be a therapy dog that we can take into public facilities to cheer people up.

Over the year, our family has bonded, and with that bond Summit has become an integral part of the family, more and more faithful to us. She loves to be around us, but she also wants to please us.

The God of all time loves us and wants us to be a part of God’s family, and when we begin to understand that, then we become an integral part of God’s family. We become more faithful and, though we are not “trained” like dogs, we are certainly loved in such a way that we want to be faithful to the Great Master.

Tim Tate

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O God, make me as faithful to you as you are to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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God has provided all that you need today.
Go with God’s provision, protection, and blessing.
Take what you have and share it,
Then look for God’s love at work
Within and around you.

Tim Tate

Tim Tate is a pastor in Roanoke, Virginia, where his loves include his wife, three kids, two dogs, one bird, one fish, his church, running, swimming, hiking, and sharing joy and hope with folks around him . . . and the Duke Blue Devils.

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