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God’s Example

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

“The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.” (ISAIAH 50:4-9A)

Since I am a parent, when I read this message what first came to mind is the correlation between this reading and parenting. As parents we are called to live as examples to our children. We need to make sure we have “well-trained” tongues when speaking to them. We need to “open our ears” and listen to them. And we must never turn our backs on them even in times when it seems their behavior warrants it. It is sometimes a thankless and overpowering responsibility, but the joy and love that stems from it is priceless. God’s love for us is even more powerful and forgiving despite the times we are not the example our children, spouses or coworkers need.

Whether or not you have children, you are an example to others around you, at home, church, work and everywhere you go. God gives us the power to make an impact on those whom we encounter throughout our lives. Take time each day to open your ears to God so He can prove to you He is on your side.

Dear God,

You provide good things all around us.

Remind us to look around and appreciate

all you have given us.

Pray for us and empower us to

be a positive example to those around us.

Most importantly,

thank You for giving Your life out of love for us. Amen.

Diana Ferguson
Executive Assistant, Avera

ISAIAH 50:4-9A • PSALM 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 AND 33-34 • MATTHEW 26:14-25

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