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August 10

1 Timothy 4, 6 – 10

Something to read

If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives’ tales. Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe. New Revised Standard Version

For the King James Version click here.

Something to think

Living a Godly life is hard. Contrary to popular belief there are no magic solutions and it is something we have to continually struggle with. Just like physical training, this can be exhausting.

One of the easiest ways I find to live is to not worry too much about my end goal but to get on with living in the present. Literally take one day at a time. 'How can I live today?' is quite enough for me to deal with. Just in the same way as if I want to run the London marathon this year, I would not be running 26 miles today but rather running just as far as I can today and building up slowly.

Each day we can incorporate simple nutrients and exercises into our lives to help us become more God like. What can we read about to enlighten us? What simple acts can we carry out to live more justly?

Something to do

Read one or more of Christian Aid’s supporters stories. Is there something you can take from each story that can inspire you?

Something to pray

Think about what you want to achieve today.
Sustainer God, help me live more like you. Help me to take this one small step today.

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon. 

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