Eternal God, it is your glory always to have mercy. Bring back all who have erred and strayed from your ways; lead them again to embrace in faith the truth of your Word and to hold it fast; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one do, now and forever. Amen.
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Nothing of real value is ever acquired except through significant struggle and sacrifice. The truth of this is borne out again and again in the experience of human kind – from birth to empire building to loving friendship. Such an acquisition process includes overcoming barriers, enduring frustrations, dealing with pain, defusing diversions, avoiding despair, or in other words, the exercise of courage, creativity, patience, steadfastness, hopefulness. I think there is a truth here – the greater the value, the greater the need for character shaped by virtue. The best way to learn such is to model yourself to the example of Jesus.
Action – Repentance and Creation:
What would you consider one of your greatest achievements – a marriage, a degree, a friendship, a stand, etc? Review the steps it took to make such an achievement happen. How did your character grow up and out, in the process of achievement?