Labor That Finally Fails (January 21)

Labor That Finally Fails (January 21)

Since it takes time for the real consequences of our actions to show up, the emptiness of work that disregards God is not always apparent right now. But eventually the failure of godless activity will become clear. The wise are willing to be warned about this.

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Feedback (January 21)

Feedback (January 21)

Even the most objective people among us need the benefit of external feedback, information from outside ourselves that can help us see if there are any adjustments we need to make in what we’re doing. But it takes humility to receive feedback.

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Don’t Despise the Daily Grind! (January 21)

Don’t Despise the Daily Grind! (January 21)

What will we do with this ordinary day when nothing unusual will happen, no one will be looking, and there’ll be no particular reason to do our best except a desire to keep on serving our King? It’s days like today that are the true test of our love for God.

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Realism (January 20)

Realism (January 20)

A commitment to reality is a good thing. Compared to what we sometimes wish to be real or prefer to be real, what is real is almost always more full of wonder. As Eudora Welty said, “The very greatest mystery is in unsheathed reality itself.”

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Hiding from God (January 20)

Hiding from God (January 20)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24). Such honesty before God is painful, but without it, there is no growth toward God.

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Spontaneity (January 19)

Spontaneity (January 19)

The desire (often a very strong one) to break out of our routines and do something unplanned and unpredictable is not a bad desire. It must be managed with wisdom, admittedly, but there’s no denying that spontaneity can be a potent force for good in our lives.

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The Importance of Goals to Grow Toward (January 19)

The Importance of Goals to Grow Toward (January 19)

It doesn’t do much good to simply say, “I know I need to be a better person.” Instead, we need to take an honest inventory of our personal traits on a regular basis and then make definite commitments to change our character, God being our Helper.

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