Thought for the Day: Yesterday I was scrolling past a lot of useless emails when I noticed one that, in the subject line, talked about the potential hurricane(s). The very next email’s subject line read: Do you have enough life insurance? I laughed, but pretending that the second email wasn’t intentionally playing on people’s insecurity at this moment is to be naive. So many in our world today claim to have our best interest in mind, when in fact, they are seeking their own best interest. As those who live in Christ, and thus, the love of Christ, there is a peacefulness that allows for healthy discernment. Is it always perfect? No! But if we are able to approach, with a calm spirit, those who are claiming that the sky is falling, there is a better chance of making good choices. Maybe the sky is falling, but it would be nice to make that determination using good science and allowing for our faith to speak rationally to the situation. Equally important, a calm spirit allows for us to assist those who might otherwise become sucked into the less than ethical approaches that seek to take advantage of the vulnerable. In times of crisis, it has often been the people of faith who have asked the good questions that simply couldn’t be asked by those who had already been caught in the anxiousness.
Prayer: Let my faith be more than a one time declaration. Lord of Life, I seek a faith that is deeply connected to you and your grace. It is there that I shall extract the necessary strength for a calm and discerning spirit. It is because of you that I am able to be a rational and compassionate voice among all those who are seeking to leverage fear. Amen.
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