Our own conscience is clear, and our desire is to act honorably in everything we do.  - Heb 13:18

Reflection.  If something hits you the wrong way, express your opinion.  Don’t be afraid to say, “This is wrong and I won’t stand for it.”  People will never forget your courage.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, give me the courage I need to be a faithful witness to the truth.  

Deal with others as you would like them to deal with you.  - Mt 7:12

Reflection.  Give someone a compliment, offer some practical help to a neighbor, or give a small child a coin and a smile.  Do it as a sign of your loving heart.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to make small gestures of love.  

Wait quietly for the Lord and be patient until He comes.  Do not fret over the man who prospers.  - Ps 37:7

Reflection.  Envy will condemn you to perpetual sadness.  Why be envious?  Try not to think about those who are better off than you.  Leave the justice issue to God, and be happy.

Prayer.  Lord, don’t let me give in to envy.  Help me to have a cheerful heart.  

Whoever can be trusted in small matters can also be trusted in great ones.  - Lk 16:10

Reflection.  Remember the song “Little Things Mean a Lot?”  It is true.  If everybody did the few simple things they know they ought to do, the big problems would take care of themselves.

Prayer.  God Almighty, You gave me gifts and talents; help me to use them well.  

God created man in His own image, in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them.  - Gen 1:27

Reflection.  Grass is grass; or is it that simple?  Bamboo belongs to the grass family, but in China it is used as scaffolding in the building of skyscrapers.  Grass isn’t always as weak as you think.  What outstanding quality has God given you?

Prayer.  Lord, let me know my strengths so that I may use them in serving You.  

Always be sober.  Endure hardships, do the work of preaching the Gospel, and carry out your ministry to the fullest extent.  - 2 Tim 4:5

Reflection.  A book by Laurence J. Peter, a Canadian psychologist, entitled The Peter Principle, was rejected by 30 publishers before the William Morrow Company gave it a chance.  It went on to sell over 200,000 copies in the first year, and made a small fortune for its author who never gave up trying.

Prayer.  Jesus, grant me the grace to persevere, especially when it comes to doing Your Will.  

You would do well to pay close attention … until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  - 2 Pet 1:19

Reflection.  Jesus became the light of the world in a visible way.  He wants you to become a light to others as well.  You are like a letter from Him to the world; a letter written not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, make me an instrument of Your love.  

Live in a manner worthy of the Lord and become fully pleasing to Him.  - Col 1:10

Reflection.  Are you sleep deprived?  You can’t be strong or forceful if you are a walking zombie.  To do your best take better care of yourself.  Get the sound sleep you need.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to get my needed rest, for my own good, and for the good of those around me.  

The mind of one who is wise seeks further knowledge … Plans miscarry when counsel is lacking, but they succeed when there are many counselors.  - Prov 15:14, 22

Reflection.  Get help:  ask directions.  Be clear about your goals.  Otherwise you may get lost in the fray.  So plan ahead, ask for advice, pray, and be at peace.

Prayer.  Give me good advisors, Lord, and help me to listen to them.  

He cast out the spirits with a command and cured all who were sick.  - Mt 8:16

Reflection.  Even if you are frightened and slow to recover, maintain your trust in the Lord’s power.  Put your fate in His care.  Faith is as important to recovery as good medicine.

Prayer.  Lord, You are my Divine Physician.  In You I place my trust.  

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