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May 18 2020: Proverbs 3:5-6

My child, do not forget my teaching,
    but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
    and abundant welfare they will give you.

Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
    in the sight of God and of people.

IMAGE: Bind them around your neck
Do you ever bind anything around your neck?  What about a necklace, perhaps a cross?  It is not an uncommon thing to do; and most would say that they wear a cross to remind themselves of who they are in Christ.  We do that with other jewelry as well - a special necklace, for example, with birthstones of our children (as if we needed reminding that we are a mother!)
Can I tell you a story?  Just this weekend I was running errands - buying some patio furniture; it was loaded in my car, and I got home only to find it was broken.  So, back I went to the store, more than a little perturbed, and not very patient.  The process for fixing the problem was more involved than I wanted it to be, and I could feel myself become more and more...well, unpleasant.  It was at that point that I realized I had a t-shirt on that connected me with the United Methodist Church, and it served as a reminder that I was, in that moment, being a poor witness for the love of Jesus Christ.  It was humbling. I apologized for my impatience to the young man helping me - and the rest of the transaction went smoothly.
Had I not that reminder, that interaction could have gone much differently.

Sometimes, friends, we need to reminded that our lives are a witness to Jesus.  I need it every single day.  So, I am praying this week that God would write it on my heart, so that I don't have to rely on a tshirt next time!
What about you?
What word?
What image?
What question?

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