Newspaper Prayers: Monday, March 12th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, March 12, 2018

The Tipping Equation

At restaurants across America, servers calculate how far is too far, weighing harassing behavior against the tips they need to make a living wage.

The balancing act plays out every day in restaurants across America: Servers who rely on tips decide where to draw the line when a customer goes too far.

They ignore comments about their bodies, laugh off proposals for dates and deflect behavior that makes them uncomfortable or angry — all in pursuit of the $2 or $20 tip that will help buy groceries or pay the rent.

This article continues in the New York Times on-line.

Readings from the Gospel of John for Monday, March 12, 2018

It is fascinating that the first recorded words of Jesus in the Gospel of John are, “What are you looking for?” (John 1.38). As we read the life of Jesus, one thing we know is that God is interested in people. He is very personally concerned with us. As a result, it is quite understandable that Jesus would ask people to think about what they looking for.

Stephen Covey in his classic book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” writes about people who climb the ladder to success only to find that it is leaning against the wrong wall. The question, “What are you looking for?” causes us to pause to consider whether we have placed our attention on what is most important for life.

The men answered, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” (John 1.38). The word, “staying” or “abiding” is key to the Gospel of John. The best life possible is found in an abiding, friendship-relationship with Jesus Christ. As we pursue our goals in life let’s be sure to not leave Jesus out of the picture.

Prayers for Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear God, please help us value what is most important in life.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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