Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/18/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Anne Kiome Gatobu
District Superintendent
Kansas City District
Tamara Shoop-McGinnis
Tamara Shoop-McGinnis
Administrative Assistant
Kansas City District
Jennifer Bryan
Better Together, Inc.
Kansas City District
Claudia Hubbard
Chaplain
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ephesians 4:2 

Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Today's Devotional

These times are different. These times bring new protocols and new ways to go about our lives.

I’ve become very easy to anger. I think one thing can set me off for the whole entire day. I’m looking for an opportunity to be mad!! Or at least, that’s what started happening about 3 months ago. I’ve just come up with 2 ideas to help combat this “Instant Anger”.

Do not plan on everything going right throughout the day/weekend/event. With the Corona virus being around, almost all of my plans nowadays have complications. Even more so, I don’t share the same opinions with my friends, family, and coworkers. So I will think of everything that will go wrong. But, things never seem to go as planned. It can be easy to blow up, and raise my voice at someone. However, if I plan on at least some things going wrong in the day, I’m better prepared to handle them when they do happen! I can take a deep breath and try to understand rather than blow up. I may be wrong in a lot of situations or I can take some time to think about how to explain things. 

Be Patient. When someone cancels plans, don’t blow up. When you forget your mask, don’t blow up. When you get hot and sticky due to a mask, don’t blow up. One thing can light a fuse to ruin your day, which leads to ruining someone else’s day, which then hurts your relationship with that person. Keep a tight watch on your fuse and don’t blow up!
 
--Braden Reichenberger
Emporia State Campus Ministry Faith Lab

For more meditations from Faith Lab visit https://umcmfaithlab.wordpress.com/

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Lord, thank you for today. Thank you for another opportunity to gain a small lesson. Lord, give me the strength to watch over my fuse, to keep track of how my mood is affecting me and others around me. Lord, please keep my family and friends safe during these times. Amen.
 

 

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