Daily Bread August 20

Glorify God as Wise, Healthy Stewards
Julie Conway Sword of Gainesville, FL, USA

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart! -Psalm 36:5-10

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you…?” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19).

Our parents believed in accountability. Dad, as our congregational financial officer, taught us three girls to keep record books, to write down our spending, foolish or wise. The page blatantly showed us our allowance expenditures so we could ask ourselves, “Can we do better next month?”

Mother taught us about planning, purchasing, and cooking healthy, balanced meals. We baked whole-wheat bread every Thursday, and celebrated occasionally with root beer floats.

Becoming wise stewards entered every avenue of our lives. We regularly practiced our choice of instruments. We learned to cut out patterned fabrics, fit and sew our own clothes. From playing outdoor sports to keeping ourselves, rooms, and home clean, there was a joy in wise stewardship of body, mind, and spirit. We also knew the joy in sharing our gifts with others at church, school, and in the community. Generosity was taught and planned for.

Today, one healthy counsel teaches “Beware of Fat/Salt/Sugar” in our diets. This challenges us to check labels, ingredients, sodium, sugar, and protein content. It’s one more way to make healthy decisions based on facts and focus-to be wise stewards over all.

“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Prayer Phrase

Peace, be still (Mark 4:39).

Spiritual Practice

Inner Stillness

In the contemplative tradition, silent prayer is about cultivating a quality of inner stillness. You may visualize the story of Jesus calming the storm as a way of entering into this quality of prayer. Notice how churned up the waters of your soul are currently. As you breathe deeply, imagine a sacred stillness forming within you. What might it look like to engage all your relationships and daily tasks from this place of inner stillness? As you move through your day, notice when you feel stirred up and when you experience inner calm. Take note of patterns and themes. Invite all of your noticing into prayer as you continue to grow deeper in God as the source of your life and action.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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