Prayer: Help me, Lord, to be a good witness. Amen.
Reading: James 3: 1-12 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: James really gives it to teachers in the opening line of this verse. He says they will be judged with greater strictness. All eyes will be on the teachers.
I’ve had the pleasure of teaching part-time in higher education for the past 20 years. I enjoy working with college students and imparting wisdom on them. But I do know that they are watching to make sure that my actions match my words.
This week, our appointed verses seem to be about listening. We’ve talked about listening to each other and listening to God. I think in this verse we are also being reminded that we are being watched. We watch the actions of others but they also watch us. What will people see when they watch you? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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