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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 18, 2019

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TUESDAY, June 18

Psalm 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh, a breath that goes forth and does not return.

As a neurosurgeon, it is very easy to have an ego that gets in the way of being rightly related to God. Ego gets in the way of living a life that has God at the center because it wants to be the center. The psalm reading today makes me mindful of this fact. The psalmist recounts several instances in which the people of God essentially turn their noses up at God. We all do this, to some extent. Ego gets in our way.

God created us and everything else in the entire universe, and we—just like the children of Israel—want more. Our egos get in the way of letting God be more, do more, have more time and attention in our lives. God is the eternal center, and our egos could use a little tamping down.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you struggle with your ego? What helps you let God be at the center instead of self?

PRAY for the Diocese of Olympia

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72 | 1 Samuel 1:21—2:11 | Acts 1:15-26 | Luke 20:19-26

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