Lord-may I live in such a way as to emulate such a follower after you.
May I have the strength to endure if such situations come my way.
May I live with the same passion and resolve whether I live in prosperity or poverty.
May I serve you alone with my thoughts, my time, my talents- to be worthy of the call.
May I credit you alone with any success, blessing, or transformation I encounter.
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us,
and no one will find fault with our ministry.
In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God.
We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.
We have been beaten,
been put in prison,
faced angry mobs,
worked to exhaustion,
endured sleepless nights,
and gone without food.
We prove ourselves by our purity,
by the Holy Spirit within us,
and by our sincere love.
We faithfully preach the truth.
God's power is working in us.
We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack
and the left hand for defense.
We serve God whether people honor or despise us,
whether they slander us or praise us.
We are honest, but they call us.
We are ignored, even though we are well known.
We live close to death, but impostors we are still alive.
We are beaten, but we have not been killed.
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy.
We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others.
We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
2 Corinthians 6: 2-10
red symbolizing the persecution I have not had to endure...