King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.
(Mark 6:14)

Lord, it has taken me all day to get here. I don’t know why I am so sluggish. It is a good day, though, and I am thankful for all its blessings.

Throughout his ministry, the Baptist had professed that he was not the One for whom the world was waiting. Still, when word of you, my Jesus, spread, some thought you were John, risen from the dead. Herod, who had beheaded John out of pride and human respect, must have been particularly rattled by the rumor, but he believed it.

Herod feared John the Baptist, but loved to listen to him. He protected him until a rash promise afforded Herodius the revenge she sought.

How often have I done something I knew was wrong, or neglected something I knew was right, because I feared what others might think? Were there times when I spoke without thinking and then felt bound by my own words? If I spoke less and prayed more, I could avoid so many mistakes.

Please help me today to consult with you about every decision, no matter how trifling it seems. I wrote a list of tasks that need my attention. With your grace, I can tackle them without rationalizing or procrastinating. Help me keep my promises to myself, as long as they are in accord with your will.

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