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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today
 4      "... the word of the LORD is right,            And all His work is done in truth.      5      He loves righteousness and justice;            The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 
    11      The counsel of the LORD stands forever,            The plans of His heart to all generations.      12      Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,            The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.     13      The LORD looks from heaven;  He sees all the sons of men.      14      From the place of His dwelling He looks            On all the inhabitants of the earth;      15      He fashions their hearts individually;  He considers all their works.      16      No king is saved by the multitude of an army;            A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.      18      Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,            On those who hope in His mercy,      19      To deliver their soul from death,            And to keep them alive in …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 15: Small Starts
1 Timothy 3:1–7

In Paul’s qualifications for overseers, he mentions a necessary trait for anyone who wants to lead in a community: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim 3:4–5).
Though Paul speaks to overseers, his words tell us something about our own witness. Living like Christ, showing grace, and acting with wisdom toward the people who are closest to us are often more difficult than serving on a larger scale. It’s more challenging to serve those who know our failings than it is to serve anyone else. By learning to be faithful in these relationships—by serving unselfishly and with dignity—we prove ourselves capable of serving others.
Paul understands that humility and love must be practiced at home before they can be adequately practiced in community. By extension, allowing ourselves to live an imbalanced or …