Jeremiah (July 23)

As we faithfully enter into the various assignments the Lord has for us, we should expect to be assailed with sorrows and uncertainties. It is perfectly natural to respond to the difficulties of our duty like Jeremiah: with a broken heart.

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Conversation (July 23)

Good conversation is challenging because it requires that we balance so many elements and avoid so many extremes. It should be “pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood” (Shakespeare).

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Awed by God’s Grandeur (July 23)

We can’t give serious consideration to God’s greatness without being appalled by the huge chasm between His perfection and our imperfection. To be awed by God’s grandeur is to be moved to turn away from anything inconsistent with His glory.

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On Being Battle-Ready (July 22)

In addition to knowledge, we also need courage. Fighting on the Lord’s side is not for the fainthearted but for the daring. And we must understand: courage does not mean not being afraid; it means that we go ahead and do whatever needs to be done, despite our fear.

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Significance (July 22)

We should be concerned not only about our own significance but also that of others. We never do a finer thing than when we help another human being see why they matter. Indeed, to the extent we focus on encouraging others, our own significance tends to take care of itself.

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The Ideal Life (July 22)

Joy is what God wishes to restore to us in His Son. So for the Christian, the ideal life is the joyous life, whether it is attended with what the world calls “happiness” or not. Indeed, it may only be through unhappiness that a person’s joy in Jesus Christ can be found and fulfilled.

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Possibilities (July 21)

Before you say, “That’s impossible; I can’t do it,” hold your tongue. Don’t underestimate your possibilities. There’s a great deal of truth in Jim Goodwin’s remark, “The impossible is often the untried.” So give it a try. Aim high, and aspire to things you think are beyond your reach.

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Getting the Right Answers (July 21)

If we approach the discovery of truth with any intent other than to obey the truth once we discover it, it is not likely that we’ll find the truth we’re looking for. Getting the right answers to our questions depends greatly on our reasons for asking those questions.

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