WHEN WE ASK GOD to remove our character flaws, we also need to actively replace them with the opposite qualities. If we battle we selfishness, we can begin to do kind or helpful things for others. If we procrastinate a lot, we can get down to doing something that we have been avoiding. As we take action to build positive habits like these into our lives with God’s help, our prayers for change will become more effective. After all, as the Bible makes very clear, faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
- Trevor Hudson
One Day at a Time
From page 78 of One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality by Trevor Hudson. Copyright (c) 2007 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Colossians 1:11-12, NRSV
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Benedict of Nursia (July 11).
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