Reading: Judges 4: 1-7 (Click to read text)
Reflection: This week, as we are reading Biblical stories that reflect on our duty as Christians to give generously, we see examples of that. Monday, we read about how God gives freely. Yesterday, we read about those who used their talents wisely and gave them away, getting something in return. Today, we read about Deborah, who was a judge and prophetess.
I had to admit, I don't know too much about Deborah. But the little bit that I do know, I think she was a leader who lead with both her mind and her heart. I get the impression that she would be the type of leader who seizes the moment, takes charge, but often lets others get the credit for what she has done. Deborah was a very strong woman who gave lots of people advice. When she told Barak that he needed to go and fight he asked her to come with him. And she did. She was one who I believe would be generous toward people in her decision making.
The story of Deborah reminds me that we need to give our ourselves as well as give of our time and treasure. The gifts that we have can be used to glorify God, help people, and make this world a little bit better. This week, as you are pondering the idea of giving freely, think about how you can give of yourself. How can you be like Deborah and walk beside someone when they need you the most? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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