In honor of this evening’s presidential race entertainment:
I am grateful for reasons to laugh.
I am grateful for the instruction of Luke 6:31:
Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! – The Message
I am grateful for reasons to follow Matthew 5:43-48:
43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
48 “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” – The Message
I am grateful for people who avoid political talk because I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it all.
I am grateful for distractions like a long walk, like a Royals game, like a good movie, like a can’t-put-it-down novel, like weeds to pull, like acts of secret kindness to perform.
I am grateful for this particular wisdom:
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. – Matthew 6:34 (The Message)
And I am grateful for songs that speak to my soul.