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As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, fastened itself onto his hand. The people of the island saw it hanging there and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and decided he was a god. (Acts 28:3-6 NLT)

Prayer: LORD, people’s minds can change quickly, and they are sometimes easily swayed by insignificant things. Help me anchor my life on You and not allow the instability of those around me to be a bad influence. Help me also not compare myself to them or judge myself according to their opinions or expectations, but evaluate myself only by You and the standard of Your Word. Thank You for being the unchanging Rock in an unstable, undependable world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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