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Shaped by God - Friday, March 24 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Friday, March 24

Ellie Wilson-Wade, RPC high school student and Confirmation Class of 2015

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. - 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

There's much that seems up for debate these days, but one thing seems certain - we live in a time where fear is prevalent. In a time where so much is unknown and the path ahead seems unclear, it seems natural to have anxiety about what's to come. It's also a time when God's love is present if you look. Everyone's favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers, once said, "when I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" I'm inspired that God calls us to serve and that our RPC family answers that call by spreading light in our community. We hold each other accountable to be helpers and find ourselves shaped by the encounters with those we serve often gaining more than we give.

At last year's National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama shared a verse he said had sustained him throughout the year, which resonates in our current climate. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) We are not helpless or called to worry. We are shaped by a God that wants us to know that through love we have the power to heal our world.

Knowing God wants me to do all things with love takes away the temptation to be shaped by the fears of uncertainty, fears of those who are different, and fears of personal failures. When I see His wisdom, the answer is always the same - face fear with love. So, in these challenging times, I feel called more than ever to care deeply about others. When faced with hate, I know more power in love. I want to do my best to demonstrate the amazing love of Christ through words and actions in my community and in the world. And I feel incredibly blessed to serve a Lord that promises to provide me strength and hope.

Loving God, may this day lead us to peace, to happiness, and to joy. May I be used to demonstrate your incredible love to all I encounter. Amen.

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