2016 Advent Devotional

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Day

10

Prepare for a Priority Change
Tuesday, 12/6/2016

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Daily Scripture
Daily Scripture

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

2 Timothy 2:23-24

Reflection
Reflection

The apostle Paul is writing to Timothy from Rome, where he is imprisoned. The fact that Paul was in prison while writing about not entering into arguments and being a kind teacher to everyone gives his words a certain weight. Paul, like John the Baptist, recognizes the importance of turning from patterns in our lives that bring about disunity. Even as he is wrongly jailed, he holds tight to the fact that he is "the Lord’s servant.” And as a servant, he no longer desires to be right or to win, but simply desires to be kind, to teach in humility, and to not resent others. When we view those around us as our brothers and sisters in Christ, our desires change from serving ourselves to serving and loving others.

 

Prayer
Prayer

Merciful God, may the desires of my heart mirror the desires of yours. May I learn to be a person who loves well, who teaches others out of kindness and humility. Teach me not to resent those who are difficult, but instead to love all of my fellow sisters and brothers.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. How can you make a difference by being a kind and humble teacher today?
  2. If we took seriously our role as "the Lord's servant" how would our lives be different?

Family Corner

Daily Scripture
Read

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.”

Luke 2:1

Reflection
Do

Research online what questions are asked on a census.

How would you answer those questions for your family?

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