Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges.  This week’s topic is part of our series called God Is… where we’re trying to learn about God’s character and nature through some key stories in the Bible.

Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. We have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. Every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with others in community.

A classic “grace” to say before meals, especially for children, begins “God is great, God is good”.

Well this week we’re looking at God’s goodness.  That he cares, loves and gives good thigns for good reasons.  All because he’s good.

Have you ever called someone good?  Have you had to just say it, because they were so good to you?  Maybe it’s someone who worked hard all night to produce what you needed.  A spouse who made a susprise dinner.  A parent who sacrificed time to be there.

I was in a meeting this week where a client walked out of the room saying to my colleague and I, “You guys are great.”  That made our hearts soar – as we worked hard, tried to get something done with a tight deadline, it was great to be recognized.  We were trying to do good, and she recognized it.

Lots of workplaces have systems for this kind of recognition, as well, where people can award points, gift certificates, or simply a note of thanks.

But what about the rest of life?  Has a neighbour helped you?  Have you benefited from a friend’s compassion?  Whatever happens, have you given thanks for their goodness?

Question: Who have you told lately that they were good, great, awesome, amazing, or otherwise praised and thanked?

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