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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, Lord Jesus, to give you our full and undivided attention this day. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Journal: How does this story intersect with or describe your life right now? What would it look like to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to what he says today?

Reflection: How do I not allow the chaos and busyness of this life, as well as the many worries and cares of this day, to dominate my heart and soul? How do I keep the many demands and expectations and agendas that others have for me, as well as those I have for myself, from determining what I will do this day? How will I allow myself to be led by something deeper and larger than my circumstances? How will I live a life that is focused on the important rather than just the urgent? How will I center myself and my life on the one thing rather than being dragged around by the many things?

My answer to all of these questions is the same as Martha and Mary: to sit at his feet and listen to what he says. The saints called it contemplation - simply being with Jesus. Contemplation is that space and that time where I sit in the presence of Jesus and give him my full attention. It is the place where he is able to get his hands on me, to draw me into his passionate embrace, and to whisper his words of deep affection in my ears, so that everything else that distracts and consumes me will loosen its grip on my heart and soul. It is the place where genuine transformation occurs. It is the best part, the good portion, the essential thing. It is a wonder then that I do not do it more often. Maybe that's why I stay so distracted.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

T works with the SEED Company (an affiliate organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators) in their mission to promote and accelerate Bible translation that is being done by indigenous churches and organizations in their home countries. He has just completed his second year with this mission and is now watching over 12 translation projects that represent 35 languages, many of which are just receiving the first Scripture in their own language. Pray today for T as he travels extensively. He asks that you pray that he will be mostly invisible and uninteresting as he passes through Immigration at airports.

Core Leadership is a ministry of spiritual formation and leadership development. Its mission is to help strengthen and encourage the life of leaders, in the Knoxville area and beyond, by the means of spiritual nurture and leadership development. Jim Branch is the director of Core Leadership and is actively involved in the lives of people all over the city of Knoxville and beyond, as well as being active in the Powell community, where he lives. Pray for Jim today and all of those that he will connect with through his ministry this month.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me listen to you today instead of all of the other voices within and around me that are clamoring for my attention. May your voice alone be the one that guides my life - my being and my doing - today. Amen.