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August 16

1 Timothy 6, 20

Something to read

Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge. New Revised Standard Version

For the King James Version click here.

Something to think about

So often is easy to assume that there are experts out there who know better. This is the same in most areas of life, but especially that of faith. It is easy to become bogged down with chatter about theology and Christian living and to feel utterly inadequate.

However guard what you know to be precious. Do not allow others to make you feel small. Yes we can argue about the finer points of theology day in day out and some people are indeed very intelligent and know plenty. But, at the end of the day our faith can be pretty simple. We know in our hearts what is right.

I remember, somewhat painfully, a tutor at college upbraiding me, "there is a difference, you know, between being clever and being intelligent." Indeed, a questioning faith open to new learning is one thing. However being clever about God is not what is being asked of us.

Something to do

Draw a heart on a piece of paper, fold in and keep it safe. Look at it several times today and remember that your faith is simple and precious.

Something to pray

God of Wisdom, allow me to be content with my simple understanding of you and the world without fear of the unknown. Help me not to overcomplicate matters with cleverness but to focus on the simplicity of your ways.

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon

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