Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: Matthew 7.24-27
Jesus said, ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!’
Ponder: What is the foundation on which you build? Across the bottom of a piece of paper, write the core values on which your life stands. Draw a house on that foundation, and on each wall, write the ways that those core values are lived out.
Now do the same for PCOP: what are the core values of PCOP, and how are they lived out?
If the foundation-house metaphor isn’t working for you, try a boat instead. A boat is built for the purpose of sailing. If left at the dock, the boat rots. What are the values the boat is made of, and what are the sailing journeys that demonstrate those values?
Pray: God, make us doers of your word, not only hearers. Make our foundation strong, so we can be ready to serve you however you call us. Remind us to build on the past, not to live in it, for you are always walking ever on toward your goal: abundant life for all. Take us with you on that journey. Amen.