For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
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What do you leave in your wake? A little chipmunk taught me to start asking that question. The critter darted out in front of my car before I had any opportunity to brake or try to miss him. I looked up into my rearview mirror expecting to see the death I can caused. Instead, I saw the chipmunk bouncing on the pavement from the wind my car had created, shaking itself off and scampering on its way. I was grateful I had not killed it, but it was a sight I never forgot. I started wondering what I leave in my wake after people encounter me? Do I lead a life worthy of the Lord? Do I bear fruit in every good work? It is not that I have to do good works but that I want to. Perhaps growing in the knowledge of God is first becoming more aware that we do leave a wake. God has given us the power to affect one another's lives. We do influence one another. Do we run over one another? Do we move so quickly, so full of ourselves that others have to shake themselves off in order to scamper on their own way? Do we please God in how we love one another?
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Make us ever aware of the power that you have given us to lift one another closer to you, Lord. Amen.