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“If we have abandoned ourselves to God, there is only one rule for us: the duty of the present moment.” – Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ


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Mark 6:8

Jesus instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.


When Jesus sent out his followers on the road to spread the gospel, scripture says he sent them to preach repentance (Mark 6:12).

Repentance is changing your direction.

More specifically, turning away from the world’s philosophy of life and turning toward God’s.

The world is telling us that life is all about gaining the three “P’s”: Power, Prestige and Possessions.

Jesus said that all those things are illusions.

While they are not bad in and of themselves (for all three can be used for good), they are also traps.

A person’s ego can easily become attached to the lure of the three “P’s” and before you know it, that person believes their identity is those things.

And all those things will eventually dissolve.

That’s why Jesus sent his followers out with virtually nothing to sustain them.

They would have to rely totally on the sustenance that God would provide.

That took trust.

That took faith.

That took openness to the God who is present and available in every moment, as close to you as your next breath.

When you are present to the Divine Presence, you can be a living sign of that Presence to others.

And in that Presence is much peace.

May it be so!


Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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