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Theme of the Week: Bring Joy to the Heart of God
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: The whole point of what we're urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. (1 Timothy 1:5, The Message)

Dig Deeper: 1 Timothy 1:1-5

I [once] thought love for "others" meant to love people I am not normally connected to or people I don't know yet, to love those who are less fortunate or whom we serve through ministries or outreach programs, to love those difficult to love. Those are important, of course, but love for one another is substantially more profound when you consider that it really begins with the people you interact with the most. Like the person you first see when you open your eyes in the morning.

What brings joy to God? What is a sweet aroma to him?

  • When the one lying next to you feels your hand on her back in the morning.
  • When you stop to listen to your wife when you normally shift into your gears of routine.
  • When you make your wife coffee before she asks.
  • When you help your child who cannot seem to get their backpack pulled together.
  • When you help your next-door neighbors lift something from their car.
  • When your coworker, the one you see every single weekday, needs help meeting a deadline and you don't have the time, but you do it anyway.

—Rob Strong in The Big Guy Upstairs

My Response: I will look for opportunities that are right in front of me to demonstrate my love for God and others.

Thought to Apply: [True joy] is intimately allied with love and goodness, and so is deeply rooted in the life of God.—Rufus Matthew Jones (writer, editor, philosopher, professor)

Excerpted from the book The Big Guys Upstairs: You, Him, and How It All Works by Rob Strong. Copyright © 2013 by Rob Strong. Reprinted by permission of Jericho Books. All rights reserved.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to carefully consider how I live my life before a watching world. Most of all, may the way I relate to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers bring joy to your heart.

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