Sunday, August 20: What can you do when the spirit is crushed?


Sunday in ProverbsOn Sundays we'll consider some of the short and wise sayings from the Old Testament book of Proverbs. This summer we'll read from The Message.

Read Proverbs 18:14

A healthy spirit conquers adversity,

but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?


As with our bodies and physical health, we're also called to care for our spirits: feeding them with all the best substances, regularly exercising to keep them strong and durable and agile. That kind of a healthy spirit, the proverb says, will allow us to persevere through both affliction and failure.


Name for yourself two practical things you can do to help prevent the crushing of your spirit: one concerning how you feed it, and one that prompts you to a love-based service or kindness that gives your spirit a workout. Choose two things that you can realistically do today, or within the next three days at the latest. Then do them, and see how your spirit feels.


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