January 17, 2020
Scripture: 1st Corinthians 1:27-28
But God chose what the world considers foolish to shame the wise. God chose what the world considers weak to shame the strong. And God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life—what is considered to be nothing—to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing.
Thought for the Day: In Howard Thurman’s wonderful little book, Disciplines of the Spirit, he writes about discovering who we are and what we are to be in this world. Thurman speaks of our part appearing minor or humble, yet it does not matter as long as it is a piece of the “audacious” vision. How a person functions in the world is crucial, and there must be reflected in each tiny thing “the utter integrity of the whole.” Would it make any sense for God to teach humility by arrogantly forcing us to learn it, or teaching peace and kindness by yelling at us? How God acts in the world, specifically in the life of Jesus, is a reflection of the greater vision. Even in the tiny, almost unnoticeable things, is found the full unity of the whole. May our lives strive toward such a high ideal.
Prayer: Let me pay close attention to the little things of life, Merciful God, for so often you are speaking so clearly about the fullness of your Kingdom. Amen.
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