Take the Spirit with You

Tuesday, July 2

7-2By Betty Bennett of Independence, Missouri, USA

You who are my disciples must be found continuing to the forefront of those organizations and movements which are recognizing the worth of persons and are committed to bringing the ministry of my Son to bear on their lives.

—Doctrine and Covenants 151:9

After working weekends in a hospital for two years, I missed the joy of teaching children at Sunday school. I felt that I was unable to serve God to my capacity. When I attended family camp that summer, this concern was on my mind. I needed encouragement and enthusiasm to continue in my career.

The guest minister was asked how long he had been working for God (referring to the time he had served in church employment). His immediate reply was “All my life!” The truth pierced me like an arrow. All of us have opportunity to serve God every day of our lives, wherever we are—at work or in Sunday school.

I go to work more eagerly now, knowing I go with Christ. There is joy in loving the tiny infants in my care, and in sharing with their parents.

As you live this day, you can choose to serve God. Wherever you go today—to school, to work, or to a neighbor’s house—take the spirit of God with you. Experience the joy of service. Share the peace of Jesus Christ, outside as well as inside the walls of the church.

Prayer for Peace
Ever-present God, help us realize your love always encompasses all people, in all places. Our love must do the same. May our hands be your hands, our smile your smile. May our voice speak your words. May our sharing be the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Develop Disciples to Serve
Read and reflect on Psalm 42:1–2. As disciples of Jesus Christ, God calls us to respond to people and their needs. The call to journey inward can restore us in times of physical or spiritual depletion. Imagine you can feel a vessel at the center of your being (a clay jar, a crystal vase, a metal bucket, or other container). Imagine drawing something from the vessel to share with another person, but as you reach inside you find only a tiny pool of stagnant liquid. You are thirsty and dry; empty.

Listen prayerfully again to the psalm, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” As you feel restored, thank God for the opportunity to be a responding, serving disciple while you move into the outward journey. Remember this exercise as you drink water throughout the day.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will bring the peace of Christ to the forefront.

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