It's St. Patrick's day. And for many of us, that mainly just means we need to wear some green so no one will pinch us today. But to the Irish, this day has a much deeper meaning. St. Patrick was a man who faced many trials in his life, but who also lived with a deep sense of destiny and calling. At 16 years old, he was captured, brought to Ireland, and sold into slavery. But it was in this time of slavery that Patrick became completely devoted to Christ. After 6 years, Patrick escaped from his captors, only to later return as a missionary to the Irish people. Like all of us, he faced temptation and discouragement, but he remained faithful. So on this St. Patrick's day, I encourage you to be mindful of the importance of staying faithful to your call as a believer. Those around you need to see who Christ IN you as you live a life of worship and devotion to Him. Or, as St. Patrick said, "Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me."
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