Planning to do good.

First published October 20, 2014.

1. I’m sure that you are way ahead of me on this. I’ve talked elsewhere about my friend Becky’s 6 things to do list. At the end of the day, you make a list of six things that must get done the next day. Only six on the list, don’t need to be big, have to get done. And then you do them.

Until Sunday, I never thought about making any of those six things be about a particular prayer or a particular Bible passage to read or a particular action of kindness or gentleness or self-control.

I’m sure you have, though. That’s why you remember to pray for that person you promised to pray for. Right?

forgive2. It’s possible you’ve been wanting to be part of a small group that read a bit from the Bible and then does it. Bob Goff calls his a “Bible doing” group as opposed to a Bible study group. I’ve talked about our smaller group as a sabbath group. But you are waiting for someone to start one and maybe ask you to be part of it. But what if you just asked a few people you know if they want to read a bit from the Bible and do it? Nothing fancy. You could even start by reading from a book about Nehemiah if you want some training wheels. And this isn’t for everyone. But maybe it’s for you.

3. A prayer for the weekend from Psalm 130

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Advertisements

About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.