Follow a Worthy Example, Be a Worthy Example

Saturday, December 28

12-28By Paul McCain of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

The Spirit of the One you follow is the spirit of love and peace. That Spirit seeks to abide in the hearts of those would embrace its call and live its message…

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:7

I have a co-worker who I try to emulate. Many times she has left a coupon, a piece of chocolate, or some other item on a colleague’s desk; perhaps something found at a garage sale that uniquely fits a co-worker’s need or fancy. That she has lived her life thinking of others shows in her selfless sharing.

In a Disciples Generous Response moment I shared about her life, encouraging those present to set good examples like hers, or at least, find one to follow. My co-worker is one who teaches me about sharing, grace, and caring. She sets an example to follow.

Recently I saw her at a community garage sale at the fairgrounds and she had a bag of goodies. Suspecting the reason for the bulging bag, I asked her about the contents. One item was for a woman she had befriended—one who, like the woman who Christ spoke with at the well, had a bad reputation. Her list of gifts went on to include one who many had scratched off their list of friends, one who struggles with a mental illness, one who continues to need friends.

I told this thoughtful friend about a gift I wanted to get for her. Being Canadian, I thought she might like it because it had a red maple leaf design. However, a child picked it up before I could get to it. She appreciated the thought. The spirit of love abides in her heart and she lives its message. May we find a good example to follow and then set an example of life-affirming generosity.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, help us take our minds off ourselves, at times, and think of others. Our everyday acquaintances may need a life-affirming gift, word, or gesture to show we are aware of their needs. May we also be aware of our brothers and sisters around the world, who need life-sustaining gifts—who need the peace and justice of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Teacher- learner
The first disciples of Jesus followed to hear his words, to be taught, to learn a new way of living, to practice what they learned in daily life. Prayerfully consider your role as a teacher-learner, disciple-apprentice; a people cultivator in Community of Christ. In your journal write the names of several persons you discern as teachers or mentors and several you feel called to nurture and encourage in specific ways. Ask God’s blessing on you and your congregation as a community of learners.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will think of a person, and a gift that might give them a lift.

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