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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 25, 2019

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THURSDAY, July 25                           Saint James, Apostle

Matthew 20:26-27 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave.

One of my favorite moments in the musical “Hamilton” is when George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton that he will step down from the presidency: “We’re gonna teach them how to say goodbye.” Washington wants the nation to outlive him; he knows that can’t happen if he becomes the focus of everyone’s attention.

Jesus makes it clear that the holiest responsibility of a leader is to serve those who are being led. He isn’t concerned with power and influence or doling out grace and mercy to the highest bidder—they are free to everyone. He wants the focus to be on the message: serving the other, proclaiming peace, loving ourselves, loving our neighbor, and loving God.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you better serve those whom you lead—the folks at home, at work, in your social circle?  

PRAY for the Diocese of Raiwind (Pakistan)

Ps 7:1-10 | Jeremiah 45:1-5 | Acts 11:27—12:3 | Matthew 20:20-28

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