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Monday, February 26“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6) Think back over the last five conversations you’ve had.  Can you honestly say that they were all “full of grace, seasoned with salt”?  Or did you come off negative in some of them?  Did you come off as judgmental in some of them?  Did you come off as manipulative in some of them?  No guilt.  No condemnation.  Just you getting real with yourself and with God.  Today’s verse is a goal.  And like any goal, sometimes you’ll fall short.  No worries.  Simply get up, dust yourself off and get back on that horse.  You can do this.  Today’s devotion is brought to you by grace and is seasoned with salt!
Tuesday, February 27“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12) Here’s a negative addition that many include in the understanding of this verse: Whoever follows me and gets everything right, will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.  Stop being negative.  Jesus isn’t looking for people who do everything right.  For they don’t exist.  Jesus is looking for people who are willing to follow.  People who are willing to commit to the relationship.  As opposed to people who are willing to commit to following all the rules.  BTW, rule-following, as a pathway to salvation, has already been debunked.
Wednesday, February 28“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning.” (Luke 12:35) The whole “lamps burning” metaphor is lost on many of us.  Yet, we can all understand what Jesus was saying, in context.  You want to keep “your lamps burning”, so as not to be caught unaware and unprepared, in the middle of the night.  Jesus’ calling, to all followers, is to always be “on”.  Everything in your life – your work, your sleep, your play, your relationships – are all sacred.  You can never be somewhere or do something in which you aren’t there.  Thus, being a follower of Jesus, Jesus is also there.  Think about that the next time you’re being negative. 
Thursday, February 29 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.  If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1) This is confusing.  In chapter 5 you were taught to be light and salt.  To shine before the world and to add flavor to life.  Now, in chapter 6 you’re being taught to not be seen by others.  What’s up?  The difference is motivation.  If your doing what you’re doing, if you’re being who you’re being, so that others will see you and thus praise you; you’re missing the point.  You don’t do what you do in order to bring fame and recognition to yourself.  In order “to be seen”.  You do what you do in order to bring fame and recognition to God.          
Friday, March 1 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?  Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50) Notice that Jesus is making a reference to salt losing “its saltiness”.  Meaning, something changed.  This is the context of Jesus’ reference, something changing that causes a person to stumble.  In other words, going negative.  For someone cannot be negative, unless they have lost their saltiness.  Contrary to popular opinion, nobody is born negative.  Every negative person became negative, because of what they’ve experienced or what they’ve been taught. 
Saturday, March 2 “Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (Philippians 2:14-15) How does one become “blameless and pure”?  Stop grumbling and arguing.  Yet, it seems that all we do is grumble and argue.  Conservatives grumble and argue with liberals.  Millennials grumble and argue with Boomers.  White people grumble and argue with anyone who isn’t white.  The poor grumble and argue with the rich.  Men grumble and argue with women.  This weekend, instead of focusing on what you can grumble and argue about, start focusing on becoming “blameless and pure”.  Then and only then, will you shine among this “warped and crooked generation”.

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