Daily Reflection: Sacred Rhythm of Submission
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Day 1: Submission to God
Read Matthew 5:9-10. Spend some time praying and re-praying these verses, silently meditating and listening to what God is showing these verses mean.
Reflect and act: What is God asking me to trust, accept or do? Will I submit and act on it? What are things God is asking me to release, let-go of, sell, or remove? Will I submit and act on it?
Act: As an act of accountability tell someone of what God asked you to pick up/start or release/remove.
Day 2: Submission to others
Read Philippians 2:3-4 (5-11), Spend some time praying and re-praying these verses, silently meditating and listening to what God is showing these verses to mean.
Look for opportunities today to put someone else above yourself (slowing down in traffic to let people in, let others speak first and support their ideas, do something for someone)
Act: Share with someone how you submitted by putting others before yourself and what it was like.
Day 3: Submission to “no”
Read Mark 8:29-33. How did Jesus tell Peter, “no”? Why did Jesus respond the way he did? What were Peter’s options of how to take this?
How do you respond when someone tells you “no”? What are your emotions, what do you say or do?
How was this “no” good or wise? If it was not how can you accept this “no” in God’s bigger picture of his care for you and continue to love the person in action as God does?
Read: Abandoning Outcomes
Day 4: Submission as giving
Read Matthew 20:25-28
Think of someone you have responsibility, power, or influence over (child, student, employee, etc.). How would Jesus give, value, and honor them? Think of ways you can seek to better understand them, seek and value their ideas and contributions, or show your appreciation for them.
Act: Share with someone how you have practiced the submission of giving in this situation.