March 30, 2017
How do you begin your day? Do you arise from your bed with a prayer in your heart, giving thanks to God for the blessings of a brand new day? Or do you greet the new day by grumbling about what you have to dread in this new day? It really is up to us how we approach this gift of life. John Wesley reminds us that “All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping is prayer, when it is done in simplicity, according to the order of God; without either adding to or diminishing rom it by his own choice.”
William Sloane Coffin reminds us of some things to be well aware of:
“The narcissism of minor differences” (Freud).
A dog can’t go anywhere if he is always stopping to scratch fleas.
Not all roads lead to the peak of the same mountain; some lead over the precipice.
God’s forgiveness is more than a blessing; it’s a challenge.
Things not worth doing are not worth doing well.
“The highest reward for human toil is not what we get for it, but what become by it” (John Ruskin)
To let a point pass that calls for challenge is to be politely dishonest.
The simplest act of human kindness for a fellow human being is more important than any refinement of the mind.
Fear is the enemy of learning; it gives ignorance its power.
God loves us as we are, but much too much to leave us there.
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt (Shakespeare).
There never was a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. 1
Prayer for the Day:
Some days it is hard to be Yours oh God. Our attention is torn by noise and distraction and confusion. A thousand worries. If we cannot be faithful today, if are too tired to care, if we have given up, forgive us. You are faithful to us even when we are not faithful to You. Help us try again tomorrow. Amen 2
1 William Sloane Coffin ~ Credo
2 Prayer by Andrew Breeden