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“But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick” (Philippians 2:25-26).

What do you hear?  Is all that you hear true?  Keep your eyes upon Jesus and what He is doing.  Uplift the saints, but do not listen to the idle talk that goes around.  Yes, this is hard, for we react to news, but if Your heart is upon the Lord, you will know that all things are always in His hands.  The Lord will send whom He will send and we do well to learn to listen and receive, giving thanks to the Lord in all things.

Lord, what would You have me do?  I hear so many things, but half of what I hear is wrapped up in speculation.  Guide me Lord so that I keep my eyes upon You and not be caught up in idle speculation.  Lead me, O Lord, according to Your purpose so that I would now and always humbly abide in the goodness of Your mercy.  In You, Lord, is there hope.  In You is all truth.

Lord, as You have called me, so also, You send me.  I am Your worker in the field.  Send me this day and help me to serve others as You have served me.  If I hear idle things, close my ears so that I would not become excited over things I know nothing about.  Through all things, lead me according to Your grace and mercy so that I may be approved in Your sight.  Work through me today, Lord.  Amen.