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Everyday Inspired June 23 & 24

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June 23 – Play at the right level

Spend time with people who are playing at the level that you want to play. This is one of the best pieces of life advice I’ve heard in recent years, and while it was given in the context of career and financial planning, it applies to all areas of life.
slide-5-communion-of-saintsWho are the people in your life who value their relationships, who are on a spiritual journey, who are willing to look at things in a positive way, who don’t engage in gossip, who understand the value of creativity, and trying new ways to solve old problems? Who are the ones who give back, and yet know how to do it without burning themselves out? These are the kinds of people I want to be around, because these characteristics describe the person I want to be. Some days I’m better at it than others, so I need to be around folks who bring out these characteristics in me.
In terms of our spiritual lives, it’s important to be with people who reflect our values and relationship with God. We need encouragement in our faith, and gentle invitations to grow. If we spend quality time with these people, they will nourish us for the times when we’re with people who aren’t at the same level. Community like this lifts us to our better selves.
Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

 

June 24 – Not as they seem

Recently some friends of ours broke off their engagement, after a few years of dating. It was such a shock to their friends, because they seemed so happy about their future together. Who knows what the anxieties or circumstances were that came up which brought them to this decision, and my heart goes out to them. Another friend is grieving the loss of his mother, while dealing with his father’s declining health, and honoring his commitment to a volunteer project for people living in poverty. These transitions are tough.
heart-handThere are people we encounter during the day that we never know what’s going on inside of them. They might be going through the motions of the day, putting up a good front, while deep inside there’s pain. Sometimes we’re that person.
For today, let’s be gentle with ourselves and with those around us. Oftentimes I’m quick to judge or have opinions about how people are handling things. I take things personally when someone is abrupt with me or not listening to me. I wonder what I did to deserve this treatment, and the truth is it probably has more to do with what’s going on their lives than with me. Grief is tiring, and sometimes we just don’t have enough energy to be as kind and gracious as we’d like to be. So, let’s be gentle with ourselves and with those we meet today. Let’s remember that we had no idea what’s going on in other people’s lives, and let’s trust that everyone is doing the best they can in their circumstances. Let’s pray that God’s tender grace will reach their hearts, and that perhaps we’ll be a conduit of that grace through our kindness.
Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

 

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