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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. April 13, 2009 - Monday Meditation (Discover Your Calling!)
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Saturday, 11 April 2009 13:48
C onversely, if you are plagued with apathy, a lack of purpose, a sense of "what's the point of it all?" you will miss out on the joy and excitement that come from being enthusiastic.

Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

Matthew 28:8-15 -  So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. (9) And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. (10) Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me." (11) While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. (12) And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers (13) and said, "Tell people, `His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.' (14) And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." (15) So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
M editation by Marcia Shadle Cusic
“Joyful Easter”, to all of us on this first Monday after Easter.  We have been reading the death and resurrection story of our Saving Lord, Jesus Christ.  Today we read, about Peter calling out to members of his Jewish community to be witnesses to the death and resurrection of the man they knew as Jesus, truly the Son of God. This reading calls us to embrace and to live the values and ideals that Jesus taught, now recorded for us in scripture.

Today I did wonder why some of the people of the time believed that the Savior had been born, died and rose from the dead?  And why did some people deny the death and rising of Jesus, thus denying that God had lived among them?  Certainly Jesus taught a new way of loving others and did perform miracles in front of many people and yet some of the people of that time and in today’s world deny the fact that Jesus was and is God.

As Christians living in 2009, I wonder if we have the freedom and the courage to proclaim our belief in God, in Jesus His Son on earth.  I wonder about our financial crisis today and if it has occurred because people have turned away from the teachings in scripture.   In today’s Gospel reading we read about the fear of the chief priests who told the soldiers, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’  And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”

I wonder how and why certain individuals decided to steal money from others or to line their own pockets, at the expense of others.  I wonder if these people too, made their decisions in order to, “Keep out of trouble”.  I wonder about the values and ideals that Jesus taught and again “why” people have turned against these values and ideals.  Today’s’ financial crisis actually encourages me to openly express my joy and trust in God and encourages me to express, embrace and live according to the teachings found in scripture.  I am encouraged to remain strong, being mindful of what Jesus taught us and then to live and to expect others to live according to the word of the Lord.

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Inspired  Inklings

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

If you can discover your calling, the purpose God designed you to fulfill, you will find enthusiasm. Conversely, if you are plagued with apathy, a lack of purpose, a sense of "what's the point of it all?" you will miss out on the joy and excitement that come from being enthusiastic.

Chances are you have had inklings of what it is you are supposed to be doing. You have felt godly nudges to follow a path, to tackle a dream, to take a risky stand, but perhaps fear of failure held you back. If that is your story, then try to dream again. This time, dream your dream based on God's power rather than your own. God is the true source of energy that is manifested as enthusiasm.

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Is there anything in your life you are working on that is so exciting you don't have to be pushed? If you can identify that, you'll be moving in the direction of your dream.

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Note: This excerpt was taken from the "Power for Life Daily Devotional"


PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.

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If a man will begin with certainties,he shall end with doubts;but if he will be content to begin with doubts,he shall end in certainties.-- Sir Francis Bacon, 1561-1626