FOR WEDNESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
“Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1; New Revised Standard Version)
Sometimes, it is such a struggle to hold onto hope. When life wears you down, your relationships become strained and the disappointments of life dry up your spirit to go on. In such seasons you wonder how it is possible to “not lose heart.”
This verse gives us a clue how we can avoid giving into despair – by staying “engaged” in our ministry. When I focus too much only on my personal woes, I become selfish, whiny and preoccupied with myself. When I pay more attention to responding to my call to serve God and others, my troubles do not weigh me down.
PRAYER: Merciful God, thank you for calling me into this place of service. Renew my heart so that our joy may be full together. Amen.