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“For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).

It is often amazing that we, who have many benefits and consider ourselves advanced, are put to shame by those with little who understand what is truly important.  If the Lord is not the center of your life, your priorities are not balanced.  He is the One through whom all things have their being.  Everything else is far behind this.  Learn from others to have what is right at the center of your life.

Lord, You know where I am and where I need to be.  Through the faithful witness of others, help me to leave behind the idols and pagan things that are in my life.  Guide me to look to You with the hope You give so that I may live this life of faith which You have given me.  In and through all things, may I be found a faithful witness of the truth and grace You have revealed from the cross.

Lord Jesus, You did not seek any notoriety, fame, or fortune while here.  And why would you?  It is already all Yours.  Guide me away from the elemental things that distract me so that I may focus upon the one thing that truly matters.  In You I have my being.  Lead me through this reality in order that it would permeate all I say and do.  Guide me this day to be a faithful witness of Your love in my life.  Amen.