Archive for April, 2012

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting.  - Prov 31:30

Reflection.  Thieves all have the same goal.  They try to get you to trust them; then they strike.  They can take a lot of time being charming, building up your trust, but once they have it, they act swiftly and then disappear.  Be on guard.

Prayer.  Lord, teach me to be as wise as a serpent, and as simple as a dove.  Deliver me from evil. 

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.  – Rom 12:21

Reflection.  Every individual is a unique gift created to help make this a better world.  Your community needs the gifts that only you can give.  Constructive action on your part can improve the world around you.  Why not be a powerful force for good?

Prayer.  Lord, help me to overcome evil with my good actions. 

You are a letter from Christ entrusted to our care, a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, and written … on tablets of the human heart.  - 2 Cor 3:3

Reflection.  Your actions speak louder than your words.  Christ lives in you, and if you let Him out, He will use you as people flock to those who are willing to listen.  Become a good listener and you’ll never be lonely again.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, I give You my life; do with me as You will. 

God has made me laugh and all who hear it will laugh with me.  - Gen 21:6

Reflection.  There are enough tensions in life without compounding them.  You will be much better off if you laugh more and cry less.  Life is too short to neglect the gift of laughter.

Prayer.  Lord, teach me how to enjoy my life more. 

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them the path to follow.  - Ps 25:9

Reflection.  Most of us know when we are being used.  Be kind, but be careful.  Jesus went so far as to make excuses for His executioners; He said, “They do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).

Prayer.  Father, help me to excel in kindness, even if it opens me to being hurt once in a while. 

Do not deprive yourself of the good things today.  - Sir 14:14

Reflection.  Make some time for your brain and your body to recuperate from the stress of life.  Find new ways to be more playful, but don’t turn play into work.  “Let go and let God [be God].”

Prayer.  Lord, help me to smell the roses and enjoy the children at play. 

Clothe yourselves with the new self created in God’s image, in the way of uprightness and holiness that belong to the truth.  – Eph 4:24

Reflection.  “Know thyself.”  To be made in God’s image is to reflect that all-powerful image to all those around you.  At the deepest level you are holy, within the holiness of God.

Prayer.  Father, You are my maker and I am Your child.  Help me to know my purpose and destiny. 

I keep the Lord always before me, for with Him at my right hand I will never fall.  Therefore, my heart is glad and my soul rejoices.  – Ps 16:8-9

Reflection.  The willingness to receive the gift of God’s love and joy is a necessary prelude to happiness both in this world and forever in the next.  Be your own best friend.

Prayer.  Dear God, teach me how to avoid being my own worst enemy.  Teach me self-love. 

Those who wait for the Lord … shall run and not be weary.  - Isa 40:31

Reflection.  Every positive, uplifting thought you hold in mind becomes a prayer.  Choose the life-affirming words of Jesus as your guide through life.  Do not be afraid.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I will wait on Your word, and renew my strength in Your promises. 

Which of those three … was a neighbor to the man?  … “The one who showed him mercy.” - Lk 10:36, 37

Reflection.  The parable of the Good Samaritan is a lesson in charity.  The traveler was robbed, beaten, and left for dead.  The Samaritan took him to an inn and paid his bill.  Being a neighbor to a stranger is a way of showing the love of God.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, help me to be a good Samaritan to those in desperate need.