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Today's reading: Ruth 1:6-18

Today we meet Naomi, the widowed wife of Elimelech, and her two widowed daughters-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth. The bond between these three women is strong, but as this small group faces the possibility of starving because of the famine in Moab, Naomi decides it's time to return to her homeland. Although all three women begin the journey, Naomi soon instructs her daughters to return to their blood relatives so that they can remarry and have a full life. It's a tearful exchange, with Orpah deciding to follow Naomi's request. Ruth, however, chooses to remain by Naomi's side--in spite of the fact that she and Naomi have no idea what awaits them in Bethlehem, and knowing that the road would be a tough one without a man to protect and financially support them.

Although we've just met Ruth, it's already clear that she is a good and exceptional woman. Some of the words that came to mind as I thought about Ruth were: caring, supportive, loyal, kind, responsible and courageous. But the one word that stood out to me more than all the others was--selfless. Instead of thinking about herself, Ruth willingly chose to put Naomi's interests before her own and acted accordingly. (vs. 16-17). What an example for us to follow.

Think back over your actions in the past month or so. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being selfish and 10 being selfless) where would you rate yourself? Would you describe yourself as a "Ruth"? Why or why not? What's one thing you can do this week to be more like Ruth? Tami

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Selflessness is sorely missing in our world today, in families, marriages, and workplaces. When we put others interests ahead of our own, we reflect the heart and sacrifice of Christ.

I can serve my family selflessly this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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