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Getting my heart ready for church

I can easily go through the motions in going to church. I've watched myself do that more than I care to admit.

That's why I try to check myself and spend some time before going and see where my heart is at that moment. It's too easy for me to be distracted when I walk through the church door.

To get ready, I meditate or give serious thought to the daily devotions from two sources, Our Daily Bread from Radio Bible Class, and Portals of Prayer from Concordia Publishing, the publishing arm of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Today's devotion from Our Daily Bread is based on Philippians 2:12-18 is about our attitudes as we live life from day-to-day and why they are important. It says:

Every day, people are watching us. As followers of Christ, we are guided by Paul’s challenge to “become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15).

It's scary to think about the people who might be watching me for how I deal with daily living. My personal catalog of habits, traits and attitudes that people could find off-putting is long I'm sure.

The Apostle Paul's instruction to "become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault . . ." seems downright impossible for so many reasons.

So, am I defeated before I start this day? Is that an impossible to obey and follow?

No I'm not. Hopefully, those who watch this week how I conduct myself can clearly see the grace of God operating in my life. It's not me, but him.