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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Nov
12

'Age-old Priorities'

St. Josaphat

Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God's chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began...

- Titus 1:1-2

I looked pretty much the same for about twenty years, but now, in my mid-fifties, things are changing. And fast. It's startling. General good health had also contributed to that assumption of agelessness. I don't feel ageless anymore. I don't feel decrepit, but at the same time, the earthly future doesn't feel limitless any longer either. This aging business, which can't be denied, has a way of reordering one's thinking and of prompting an adjustment of priorities. God, who does not lie, has of course been telling me what really matters all along. As my body sinks lower toward the ground, ironically, I might just be more disposed to raise my spirit to him and listen.

Lord, open my heart to your truth about my purpose on earth.

- Amy Welborn
 
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Thank you Amy for your touching devotion.

Time has gone by fast. I looked in the mirror the other day and saw an older woman with some wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. I was saddened because the woman I was looking at was me. My mind hasn't caught to my body yet, at times I still feel like I'm in my thirties or forties when I was (as Amy put it) ageless and limitless, doing my own thing.

God has always been at my side, trying to get my attention and me not really listening. But of course "This Aging Business" has slowed me down and has prompted an adjustment of priorities. Now I stop and make the time to listen to God tell me what really matters in my life. My priorities now are to trust, to believe, to follow and most of all to open my heart and Love him with all my being.
Tillie | Posted on: 2018-11-12 17:14:07
 
Amy, too bad you didn't post the entire Titus reading to show how the bishop of Rome avoids the truth of what he is responsible for instead of hiding the truth in obfuscation and catchy phrases.
Nick | Posted on: 2018-11-12 10:34:12
 
In Titus 1:1, why does Paul use the word “slave”?
Gene | Posted on: 2018-11-12 10:17:53
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The Greek meaning is bodies.
Nick | Posted on:: 2018-11-12 10:30:13
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To me, Paul was totally sold out to God, therefore he called himself, a slave of God. Slaves were bought and sold by and to masters (sin and righteousness).

In Paul's case, Jesus died to pay for Paul's debt of sin. So Paul was bought by Jesus' blood! Therefore, a slave for Christ :-) So it is with me, I once was a slave to sin, now I am a slave for Christ :-)

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

Hope this helps, Gene! I appreciate you asking :-)

Listen to what Paul said (how he went from slave of sin to slave of God) in Romans 6:20, 22, "For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.......But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God,"
Salina | Posted on:: 2018-11-12 13:08:28
 
Good morning
Here I am Lord I come to do your will
Peace LF
Ana | Posted on: 2018-11-12 09:37:36
 
Amen.
freeter | Posted on: 2018-11-12 09:31:36
 
Yes, Amy! Open my heart to the truth, Lord! My purpose on earth? Where do I find it out?

Purpose, Paul says in Titus 1:1-2a, "
* a slave of God and
* Apostle of Jesus Christ
* for the sake of the faith of God's chosen ones and
* the recognition of religious truth,
* in the hope of eternal life"

Where, Paul says in Titus 1:2b-3, "
* God, who does not lie, promised before time began,
* Who indeed at the proper time revealed His Word
* in the proclamation with which I was entrusted by the command of God our savior,"

There I have it...My purpose is
* to know and recognize God is my master and I am His slave,
* I am a disciple/follower of Jesus Christ (little christ),
* I exist for the sake of the faith of God's people,
* and to recognize and reflect God's Truth
* and to stand on the promise and hope of eternal life

And I find the information about my purpose in
* God Who does not lie and is a promise keeper
* Who reveals in His Word and His time
* His proclamation commanded by my God, Lord Jesus Christ

Here is what Jesus told me the truth in today's Gospel, Luke 17:1, 3-4
* Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
* but woe to the one (he or she) through whom they occur.
* Be on your guard!
* If your brother (sister) sins, rebuke him (her);
* and if he (she)repents, forgive him (her).
* And if he (she) wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, 'I am sorry,'
* you should forgive him (her)."

What is my response then? Luke 17:5, "And the Apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."

Yes, Lord! Increase my faith!

What is faith? Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."

How does it work? Matthew 21:22, "And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

Where do I look for the information of faith? Romans 10:17, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ."

Here is one thing I learn this morning:
* My purpose is to know God through His Word and be used by God for His purpose!

Here is what God's Word does for me:
* Help me to locate me in His stories
* Help me to understand His purpose for me

For by grace I have been saved through faith. And this is not my own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of my works, so that I may not boast! (Ephesians 2:8-9) Help me to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) I Trust in the Lord with all my heart, and I do not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You Lord, and You will make straight my paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37) So Lord! Increase my faith! (Luke 17:5) Amen!!!

Salina | Posted on: 2018-11-12 09:04:47
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Salina, thank you for your faith and the works you do to inform and remind us of the necessity to read God's word and trust.
Nick | Posted on:: 2018-11-12 10:08:08
 
Yesterday our Priest reminded us that it was 100 years since World War (I) ended. Three days before Armistice my oldest sibling, a beautiful 16 year old (young lady) died in the flu epidemic. Her mother, a cousin of my mother, died of the flu 2 days before. Several of my brothers came down with the flu but recovered.
Dad married my mother a couple years later and had another dozen children. The last was still born on Thanksgiving Day in 1941. I was #18 overall and recently reached the age of 80. I have one brother (#16) and one sister (#17) remaining. We keep in touch via telephone but hope to have a family reunion next summer.

Bill G.
Bill G. | Posted on: 2018-11-12 08:52:21
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Bill G., It is beautiful to have a large family and that you keep in touch. It will be a wonderful thing to have a family reunion.
Tillie | Posted on:: 2018-11-12 17:20:23
 
That tree in the Garden of Eden was to give our ancient parents their desire to be like God. We have never lost that desire. We desire to control everything, if we can—our health, our strength, youthfulness, influence, reputation, way of life, even the way we measure out our love to others. Young teens we see flying down the highway are an example of that desire to be like God. Amy hit the target—“aging has a way of reordering one’s thinking....” Aging can be a gift and a grace “prompting an adjustment of priorities” but ironically it is once again a control issue. God gave us a choice—to obsess over controlling our material life or re-directing control of our spiritual life. Catechism 1 lesson—why did God make us?
Ken | Posted on: 2018-11-12 08:37:46
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God made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world and be happy with Him in the next.
Kathy | Posted on:: 2018-11-12 09:47:43
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AMEN!!
annie | Posted on:: 2018-11-12 12:36:23
 
Dear Jesus, hear our prayers today and grant us to blessings to make a difference.

Amen
Tim | Posted on: 2018-11-12 07:53:13
 
Amy, your reflection is so true! As I age I find myself more focused on what God would have me do, and sharing his love with others is one of those things. Praise God for his endless love and strength in our aging earthly bodies to share that love with all of his children!
Rose | Posted on: 2018-11-12 07:39:28
 
 
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