_____, it's within you: the answers you seek, the direction you want, and the power to be whoever you want to be. Your dreams are not yours by mere whim. They've been meticulously matched to the gifts you're now developing. Designed to lure you within, where your true power lies, and then out into the world, beyond imagined limitations and fears. Trust yourself. Listen to your heart. You have the right stuff, you know what to do, and it can all be yours.
(Thank you Ter'e)
Jesus said, "Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. ... [It] will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."
-John 4:14 NRSV
My wife wrung her hands in despair. "Not another country problem!" Our house has a 210-foot drilled well with delicious, clean water. The water pressure had become so weak we thought the underground spring had run dry or changed direction. Our neighbor suggested that it might be a minor problem that any plumber could repair. We called, and the plumber withdrew the excess water in the tank and added air, which increased the water pressure to maintain a steady flow of water throughout the house.
This experience reminded me that Jesus said that I have access to a spring of spiritual water that will never fail if I maintain contact with him. Prayer renews the Holy Spirit within me, without which I shrivel up and die. Christ within me is the wellspring of eternal life. As supplying water to our home depended on keeping the pressure adequate, my supply of life-giving water depends on keeping in daily contact with Christ through prayer.
Donald Roy Buxcey Ontario, Canada
Lord Jesus Christ, remind us daily to make room for the flow of your Holy Spirit. Amen