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July 3, 2012

Do Not Be Discouraged

Do not be discouraged at your faults; bear with yourself in
correcting them, as you would with your neighbor. Lay aside this ardor of mind, which exhausts your body, and leads you to commit errors. Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.
— François Fénelon

Wasn’t sure what ardor meant, so had to look it up.

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avidity, devotion, eagerness, earnestness, feeling, fervor, fierceness, fire, gusto, heat, intensity, jazz, keenness, oomph, passion, pep talk, spirit, turn on, vehemence, verve, warmth, weakness*, zeal, zest, zing

coldness, coolness, frigidity, indifference

So in other words we are to encourage ourselves/others & love ourselves/others not beat ourselves/others up over our/others weaknesses but build ourselves/others up.  Live, learn & grow!  How we feel about ourselves is how we allow others to feel about us as well.  That can be a frightening thought for sure.

1 Thessalonians 5:13-15
Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

“Don’t seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. "Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.” Leviticus 19:18 MSG

God, I pray that Christ shine through us even in our toughest hour.  I thank you ahead of time for answering my prayer.  Amen

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