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Dear Jesus, give me the mind that was in you.
Put in my heart that spirit of meekness and humility
that you showed as you served the poor and the outcast
and as you poured yourself out for others.
Keep me this day from seeking the praise and affirmation of people;
keep me from longing to be thought of as somebody
in terms of wealth, fame, influence,
and all the other empty toys of the world.
Make it my whole and single desire to be somebody in your eyes.
after John Wesley, 1703-1791, English churchman and founder of Methodism
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”