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February 27th, 2014
Sarah Spencer
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“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.” – Mark 9: 42-43

I am the oldest in my family, and as I was growing up, I would constantly taunt my two younger siblings. Unfortunately, I was DEFINITELY a professional when it came to getting them “all riled up” and angry with me. Usually, my brother or sister would be the ones to get in trouble and receive punishment from my parents. I would make them so angry that they would (understandably) retaliate against me. Looking back on those times, I realize that I failed to be a good example, and definitely would have been a good candidate to be “thrown into the sea” if that actually happened. I did not always give them the love that they deserved. My siblings and I now have a great relationship, and they have always been my role models in faith and how to be Christ to others.

In this passage, I think Jesus is telling us that he would never actually throw us into the sea, but we are called to pay attention to identifying the people who look up to us, as well as recognizing the type of life that we are modeling to those around us. At the moment, I am working on being the best person that I can be, even though I have habitual sin. The good news is, I know that the Lord will always love me, and will provide grace for me to conquer my selfishness and sinfulness. I am constantly blessed to be surrounded by such incredible role models, and I pray that you all have people in your lives who are Christ to you, too.

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