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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2018

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SATURDAY, November 24

Luke 18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt.

When I was a child, my mom would say, “If you point a finger in judgment, know there are three fingers pointing back at you.” I’m sure most of us have heard this advice growing up, and unfortunately too few of us follow it. Another piece of advice was common in my house. My father was a union tradesman. One of the rules he followed and demanded of my sister and me was, “Never do another person’s job, for in doing so you will take bread off their table.”

How this played out for my family meant there was always more than one correct way to do a job. Just because someone else did things differently didn’t give you the right to judge the person. What mattered was that the job was satisfactorily completed. It is so easy to judge others. It is harder to trust others, because that means I have to keep my mouth shut and do the job I have been given to do.

MOVING FORWARD: What pieces of parental wisdom guide your life? How will you pass them on?

PRAY for the Diocese of Katakwa (Kenya)

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6 (7-13) * 33 | Malachi 3:13—4:6 | James 5:13-20 |
Luke 18:9-14

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