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St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This day is known for its parades and the color green. However, I doubt it’s how St. Patrick would want to be remembered. He was a missionary to Ireland and his life story is worth knowing about. There’s a prayer for protection that’s traditionally attributed to him. It’s called The St. Patrick’s Breastplate. It goes like this:

 Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

St. Patrick discovered that nothing could separate him from the love of Christ. He desired to spread the Good News of God’s grace to those who desperately needed it. He stewarded all that he had for his true master. You see a steward recognizes God as the owner of everything. Our work, as managers, is to do everything for His glory. Our very lives reflect our submission to His ways and His purposes. The Bible informs us how to be faithful to God with the resources he provides and the way we live our lives. If we do those things, seeking His will in the investment of time, talents, and resources, we’re likely to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master.” The story of St. Patrick is beautiful and inspirational. Learn it and pass it on.

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