ONE OF MY teachers once said that the goal of the spiritual life is getting our fear properly focused. We fear being helpless, losing our retirement nest egg, having to depend on others, or having no one to
depend on at all. Too many of us are up at the crack of dawn and then burning the midnight oil, “eating the bread of anxious toil” (Psalm 127:2). We wear ourselves out trusting ourselves more than we are willing to trust God. But the spiritual life requires us to take the risk of giving our independence and drive to God, taking a chance on the Holy One.
Our holy calling does not ask us to squander our resources but rather to live with an open-handed, open-hearted generosity and abandon, holding tightly to that which comes from God and willingly letting everything else go.
– Martha Highsmith
From “Risky Business” by Martha Highsmith, in The Upper Room Disciplines 2012: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2011 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What specific spiritual practice calms your fears? Share your thoughts.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.
Psalm 127:1, NRSV
This Week: pray for friends who are estranged. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
Did You Know?
Each chapter of Forgiving Your Family contains real-life stories, practical strategies, and encouragement to help you move toward forgiveness. Better communication (while critical) isn’t enough, according to Fischer. Forgiveness requires faith and prayer.
This week we remember Antoinette Brown Blackwell (November 5).
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