Perfection Not Required

Saturday, November 16

11-16By Brandon Bennett of Verona, Wisconsin, USA

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

—Philippians 2:3–4

I have to admit it, I’m not a perfect person. My greatest fault is that I’m conceited. This creates a barrier for me to grow as a person. I signed up for World Service Corps because I had a need to gain a deeper knowledge of myself. I wanted to understand a different culture and develop a better connection with God. I had a need to change.

Through World Service Corps, I now have a home and a family in a different country. I understand my deeper calling—to recognize the need of all of God’s creation, even the part that is not right in front of me. My experience with World Service Corps changed my thoughts and actions for the rest of my life.

Your contributions to the Mission initiative Develop Disciples to Serve enable volunteers in World Service Corps to share the gospel throughout the international community. Thank you for responding to this Mission Initiative.

Prayer for Peace
Just as we are, God, use us to realize Christ’s mission. For Christ’s mission is our mission. As we respond and seek to understand our call, may we develop into disciples who serve—disciples who share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Weaving a Life
Hold (or imagine) a piece of patterned cloth. Examine it carefully. Notice the overlapping of threads, the mingling of colors to form the design. Write a journal entry or meditate about the threads and patterns of your life. What design do you see? How does the life pattern you are weaving create justice and wholeness in God’s world? What new patterns is God calling you to weave?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, will pray and discern my call. I will make Christ’s mission my mission.

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