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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 24, 2017

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THURSDAY, August 24      Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

1 Corinthians 4:13 When slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.

Christianity today is a little too clean, and we Christians are far too polished. While we create plenty of garbage, we act like none of it belongs to us. We sip tentatively from a silver cup, having no idea what it means to drink the dregs that Jesus consumed.

If I wanted to get serious about this whole thing of following Jesus, I might do well to start with Paul’s list of inverted expectations. When slandered, I might try to speak kindly. When reviled, I would bless. When persecuted, I would endure. Perhaps most importantly, I would set aside the “I” and live into the “we.”

My friend Hunter says this about making music, “It’s not a ‘me’ thing; it’s a ‘we’ thing.” The phrase works for everything from bands and sports teams to families and churches. Yes, the “we” is messy. Of course we are—we are made from the dust. When I feel too clean to be a follower of Jesus, I try to let the dirt remind me about the “we” things and disregard the “me” things.

MOVING FORWARD: Grab a trash bag, gloves, and some friends and do some clean-up work in your neighborhood.

PRAY for the Diocese of Rumbek (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.

Ps 91 or 91:1-4 | Deuteronomy 18:15-18 1 Corinthians 4:9-15 | Luke 22:24-30

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