I want to have the boldness that the apostle Paul has to say “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1 NRSV). Lord, help me reflect your love in all that I say and do. Let me see people as you do and love them accordingly.
Give me patience and kindness to extend to others as you most definitely do with me. Help me continue to grow and improve as a husband, a father, a minister, and a friend. Guide me in your ways, Oh Lord, and give me the strength to do that which you are calling me.
You promise persecution and suffering for your followers God, and right now things seem pretty easy for me. Let me experience difficulties to shape and mold me God. You tell us that “whenever [we] face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because [we] know that the testing of [our] faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that [we] may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing” (Jas 1:2-4).
Bring difficulties my way to make me more uncomfortable God. Because I do not know what it is like to have to depend on you for my daily bread in a literal sense. McDonald’s is always within driving distance of my nice truck and credit card. Teach me to need to depend on you daily, Lord, because it is something which I do not have to naturally do in my comfortable Western bubble.
Make me uncomfortable so that I must be dependent on you for sustainability. Mold me into the image of your son daily, and I know he suffered deeply. Let me face these situations knowing that it is for my growth in you, and that you will never leave me, nor forsake me.
Help me reflect you in the tests, and the way your son faced trials and temptations in his life. By trusting in you and not in his own sense of security. Help me trust in you and not myself. Help me be an imitator of Christ.
God you rock, and you are my rock. Help me remember that.
In Jesus name I pray,
I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,