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“Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households” (1 Timothy 3:12).

Good management is a sign of balance.  Good and not tyrannical.  Good and not perfect.  The Lord says over and over again that we are to be balanced.  We are to be prudent, just and practice fortitude with temperance.  These are the cardinal virtues the Lord grows in us so that we may hold fast in a world that is constantly changing and unable to stand firm.  Seek then to do these things for your own sake and for others.

Lord, You teach all good things to those who are willing to learn.  Through Your Word and with the help of those whom You send, guide me in the right way to do things.  You know all that is needed and only in You is there true help and guidance.  Lead me, Lord, so that I would hold fast to all that is right and true.  In You there is all hope and with You I can do all things.  You know what is missing; please fill in the gaps.

Lord Jesus, we are Your family.  You are raising us up in compassion and with great patience.  Lead me, Lord, this day to seek the balance I need alongside all the good gifts that You give.  Help me to see through the craziness of this world to live with the better and greater portion as my portion.  Guide me to understand things as they come and to be temperate, prudent, diligent, and whatever else You see that I need.  Amen.

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