Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.
~ Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.
~ 1 Peter 3:18 (The Message)
One of my students was heading toward the rear door of the library yesterday with something in his hand. I heard him say “Focus!” to himself. I told him how much I admired that he did that, and took the lesson with me. Then I came to today’s scripture and quote.
I thought of a dear friend who passed and how his graciousness was known to all in the way he spoke and treated others, especially when he disagreed. Calmly, kindly, politely, he moved forward and left, in his wake, a trail of friends, beloved debaters, loved ones.
My words are short today, because the scripture is so rich. Read it. Think about where you are in your life. Read it again.
Because of Him,