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“Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also.  For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.  For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face” (2 Corinthians 11:18-20).

The world will take whatever it can and whenever it can.  We have been called to follow the Lord in and through all circumstances.  Come then and live into the life to which You have been called that You may abide in the Lord and He in you.  Circumstances come and go, but the call of the Lord is forever.  He will lift You up to face every circumstance, knowing all that is needed.

Yes, we all need to make the best effort we can, doing all that we are able to do in the flesh; but know that the Lord is always at work in you.  There are those who will take advantage.  There are those who will take and never give.  There are those who will not appreciate what is done.  Through it all, rejoice and be glad that the Lord has revealed to you His grace and mercy.

Lord, guide me in the way to live life.  There are many precepts I can follow, but You alone know all that is needed for me in this journey of becoming like Christ.  Guide me in Your goodness that I would now and always look to You as the One who leads.  Give me strength to meet all challenges that I may learn how to persevere.  In You alone is my hope, for You know all that is needed.  Amen.