Limitless Possibilities

Day 322

Ezekiel 37:1-38:23; James 1:19-2:17; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 28:1

Limitless Possibilities

A Christian’s capability to change the world around him is limitless. We have the ability to shape the world and save it. This does not have to be done by preaching at the pulpit or going door-to-door with the Good Book, but it can be done with our lives daily. The most powerful thing a Christian can do is simply live for Christ. When we choose to profess our faith verbally, we take on the social pressures that come along with that. Everyone begins to watch and rightfully so.

James 1:19-2:17 shows us what it looks like when our faith becomes action and how to do it properly. We must not only read the Good Book, but learn from it and internalize it. Scripture is not meant to be just knowledge, but to be lived. A Christian who does nothing is no more than a decoration. The reading then goes on to remind us the danger of favoritism. Our actions are a double-edged sword able to bring people in and turn people away, if we are not careful. So often we take what we learn as Christians and try to change it to fit our social norms, but that is not what we are called to do. We are called to love day in and day out regardless of circumstance. A faith based in love should radiate love to others, but that is only true when we fully understand what it means to love our God.

Adeemir Dacenay
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Lake Mary, FL

Are You a Good Steward?

Day 321 

Ezekiel 35:1-36:38; James 1:1-18; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 27:23-27

Are You a Good Steward?

In Papua New Guinea, where I grew up, you could ask any person if they know who owns something, whether it was a house, bow & arrow, garden, or a canoe, and the response would be, “Yes I can tell you.” “How do you know?” would be my response. “That is easy. So-and-so owns it because they made/built it. So it belongs to them.” I am afraid we have lost this perspective today because we seldom make the things we own. Most of us didn’t make our cars, build our homes, or grow our own food. Instead, we have a sense of entitlement because we worked hard to be able to buy our things. This eats away at our sense of stewardship. With stewardship comes a sense of responsibility & accountability because we are entrusted to manage what does not belong to us. They belong to the one who owns them. This is true in our lives today. God created us and because He did, He owns us and every aspect of our lives. We are all simply His stewards. The Proverbs today reminds us to know exactly where we stand and to pour our hearts into caring (being a steward) for what we have been entrusted with—our things, our family, our money, our time, our thoughts, and our actions. The challenge for today is, are you being a good steward in every aspect of your life? What areas of your life do you find this to be the most challenging?

Brent Tallman
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Lake Mary, FL

Entertaining Angels

Day 320 

Ezekiel 33:1-34:31; Hebrews 13:1-25; Psalm 115:1-18; Proverbs 27:21-22

Entertaining Angels

The Author of Hebrews gives us a wealth of life lessons in today’s passage. These verses cover love, marriage, money, leadership, and how to live honorably. In verse 2, we are reminded to show hospitality to strangers as some may have entertained angels without knowing it.

It is easy to show hospitality when we know who someone is. If a famous person announces they will be coming over for dinner, it would definitely put into action a plan of cleaning, preparation, and perfection. The status of the person demands the attention to every detail, and everyone in the house would be on their best behavior! The idea of an angel coming to dinner is quite a scene to think about. Yet, there are many times we may have entertained angels without our knowledge.

If we put into practice the reminder of verse two, we can learn to treat every stranger who comes into our path with godly hospitality. This change of attitude allows each person we come in contact to be an important person for that second we come in contact with them. Whether that moment is passing someone on the street, waiting in line at the store, or even that awkward moment in the elevator, we can use that opportunity to show hospitality. The result is that each person we meet can also come in contact with God’s love through us, and we may also find ourselves entertaining an angel!

Emily Tallman
St. Peter’s Church
Lake Mary, FL