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Lenten Devotion Day 11

May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus’ attitude. Romans 15:5 [Common English Bible] (Note: I have no idea why the image with this scripture is that of penguins, but I like penguins, so…)

One of the things I fail miserably at every day is the effort to be more Christ-like. Where Jesus was kind and patient and gentle, I tend to be cranky, impatient and snarky.  Perhaps this is why I’m drawn to encouragement as a spiritual discipline.

I like to encourage people. I want to see people feel empowered and do well and do good.  It amazes me how many people don’t recognize and claim their God-given gifts and talents, and I want to be a part of helping others see themselves as powerful and gifted and worth-full.  Maybe encouraging others is my best bet of moving toward being just the tiniest bit more Christ like.

And in my own desire for others, I am reminded of God’s desire for me. That God wants even my cranky, snarky self to do well and to do good. That God sees in me the things that I forget or dismiss or simply cannot see.

Today, let us all pray that the God of endurance and encouragement will give us that same attitude toward each other, so that we might become a little more Christ-like.

–Rev. Anne Russ

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