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episode 25:
Talk vs Actions

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“The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”

-Annie Dillard

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:28-32

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Today’s scripture is really about obedience – about meaning what you say and obeying the unwritten rules we have in society about following through on your promises. You have gifts you need to give to others in this world, and others have gifts they need to give you. This week, you can practice this with the help of a friend.

Agree with your friend that, for the first half of this week only, you’ll each send one another random text messages of encouragement and intentions to do a good deed to each other. Get specific. But when it comes time to fulfill your nice thing, do something completely different from what you sent in the text. Make it an intentional letdown. If you promise a cup of gourmet coffee, deliver an empty fast food cup; if you promise a new shirt, deliver a deliberately ugly secondhand belt. You get the point.

Whether you’re giving or receiving these letdown promises, meditate on how it made you feel – even though you already knew it was going to happen! Write about it in your journal. Talk it over with your friend.

For the second half of the week, reverse it. Promise small, deliver big. How does it change your outlook? What else changes within you? Again, write about it, and/or talk about it with your friend.

Read: Daily Prayers from the Book of Common Prayer

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