Thursday, June 1

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-12

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

 

Reflection

I struggle with what the most important thing in life is. I think

about this constantly. What should be on the forefront of my

mind as I go through my days? Do I focus on happiness, success,

relationships, living in the moment, solitude, love, freedom? If

we chose one goal, why is it more important than the next? I

spend a lot of time learning about people who have lived their

lives with a single principle, but I can say with certainty that we

will never be able to know on our own which is the “best” way

to live. I do know however, that I would be completely

convinced if a being outside of our universe, our realm of

experience, our level, whatever you want to call it, had given me

a clear insight into what is most important in life. That is exactly

what happens for me in today’s reading from 1 Peter. “Bless, for

to this you were called.” “Let him seek peace and pursue it.”

“Have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart,

and a humble mind.” These are clear to me. There’s no fine print

or exclusions. For whatever reason, the being that we call God

knows that it is super important for us to do these things. Of

course, we must first accept the Bible as true in order to find this

true as well, but knowing that there is even a chance that this

came from the God of the Universe makes these instructions for

living infinitely more significant than any other way of life. We

are called to love those around us more than ourselves. Although

this seems absurd sometimes, so much so that we try to convince

ourselves otherwise, we are to trust in God’s plan, in which this

is clearly our purpose.

 

Prayer

God, help me to truly believe that your plan for me is true and

extremely important. Thank you for loving me unconditionally,

and having this be the model in which you call us to live. In

Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Tucker Good

Interim Director of Youth and Family Ministries

tgood@stjohns-springfield.org