THOUGHT: The power of remembrance can become a meaningless ritual if you allow your actions to become automatic.
CHALLENGE: Take time right now and say the Lord’s Prayer. Say it slowly and consciously. Reflect on the meaning of each verse.
REFERENCE: “””This, then, is how you should pray:
“” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”
THOUGHT: “Faith in God is what sets ordinary people apart – people like Moses, Noah, and Abraham – so they can do extraordinary things.”
CHALLENGE: “While Moses, Noah and Abraham did some amazing things with God’s help, if you read their stories, they were normal people with tremendous faith. God can do amazing things through you. Open your mind and let the Spirit flow through you today. Let Him guide you to greatness.”
REFERENCE: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
THOUGHT: “Even though you can’t see him, hear him, or feel him, you know that as long as you’re breathing, God’s Spirit is present.”
CHALLENGE: Spend a few extra minutes today looking for signs of God around you. Are you creating signs that others can see?
REFERENCE: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
THOUGHT: “Any time you reach out to help one of God’s children in need, you actually minister to God himself.”
CHALLENGE: “The harder you look, the more chances you will see to minister for God. Don’t spend your day with blinders on. Spend time reaching out to others.”
REFERENCE: “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
THOUGHT: “You need to recognize evil, so you can avoid it like a dangerous hazard in the road.”
CHALLENGE: “We all watch for hazards when we drive, or walk down a sidewalk, but what about in our faith journey? Pay special attention to the obstacles that are placed in your way today. Don’t get tripped up because you were focused on yourself and not the Lord.”
REFERENCE: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
THOUGHT: Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.
CHALLENGE: “Be daring today. Take a
REFERENCE: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
THOUGHT: “3 Things in Life…(# 5 of 5)
Three things that are truly constant:
3. Holy Spirit”
CHALLENGE: Make more of an effort to Think About God today. His love for you is without boundaries and his reward eternal.
REFERENCE: “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
THOUGHT: “3 Things in Life…(# 4 of 5)
Three things in life that are never certain:
CHALLENGE: Sometimes it is easy to be obsessed and distracted with goals focused on material possessions. Take a few moments as you begin your day to re-evaluate your priorities.
REFERENCE: “””Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”
THOUGHT: “3 Things in Life…(# 3 of 5)
Three things in life that you should never lose:
CHALLENGE: “As you deal with challenges and adversity today, never underestimate the power of optimism, and the genuine peace of mind which comes from personal integrity.”
REFERENCE: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
THOUGHT: “3 Things in Life…(# 2 of 5)
Three things in life that can destroy a person:
CHALLENGE: Focus your attention today away from yourself and try to discover the goodness in those around you. This disposition will lead you away from the path of confrontation and down the road of reconciliation and happiness.
REFERENCE: A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.