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This morning, Paul was preparing to leave Ephesus, never to return after being with and teaching the people for three years. He is speaking to the presbyters into whose hands he is entrusting the whole people. (Acts 20: 28-38) It is their responsibility now to hold the Ephesians steady in the truth that he has imparted to them about the teachings of Jesus. And what is his last word to them? A simple sentence that may sound familiar to you: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

If I tried, perhaps I could spend the day with that adage in mind and at the end of the day, looking back, I might be able to see the balance of giving and getting in my actions, words and thoughts. A formidable task perhaps but one well worth the effort, it seems.