“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.” 1 Corinthians 1:17 -> me: <Sigh> Today is the first day in 2 weeks that I have chosen to sit down for a dedicated time in God’s word. Let me be clear – I could have made this happen but my earthly desires to spend every waking moment either focused on my family or on work pushed out this time I have so desperately missed. What I keep failing to internalize is that when time with God supersedes everything else, the ‘everything else’ becomes more manageable. How feeble my heart and mind are to this truth. This verse today helps me see how God designed us to fully rely on Him…not just in our earthly lives but in our ministry as well. ‘not with wisdom words’ speaks to that immediate mindset to take control of things ourselves. The gospel is most powerful when we let God work through us rather than trying to manipulate the message with our own wordsmithing. A great reminder to seek His will in every action, moment, conflict, and trial.