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“Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.  But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:7-8).

Some of these things which Paul is speaking of seem so much like common sense that most folk wonder why he needs to says them.  Look around and you see irresponsibility.  Too many say, “Why do it if there is someone else who will do it?”  But this ought not be so with you.  Do not live irresponsibly, but live doing what the Lord gives you to do.  Know that in Him is goodness and life.

Lord, I do see so many things and I am tempted to live as those who skirt prudence and decency.  You have called me to a better life of preparing to be eternally with You.  Guide me away from the temptations which are common to all.  Lead me into seeing life differently and applying my strength and efforts toward doing what is right.  You know what needs to happen and I thank You for Your help in making it happen.

Thank You Lord Jesus for taking on the responsibility to do all that is needed so that those who believe would be freed to take up their cross and follow You.  Lead me now and always, Lord, in order that I would humbly abide in the truth of all that You have done.  Help me be responsible so that I may be above reproach and a witness of the good You desire for us all.  In You is all hope and an eternal future.  Amen.