But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:44-45 (NKJV)
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Yesterday was a hotly contested Municipal Election Day in my sleepy little town. It was the most contentious election I can remember. It is over. When we engage in competition, in trying to live good lives, we should speak and act according to our values. Sometimes we do, sometimes we do not. When we fail in our trying, we should at least intend to behave the day after…
Friendships were tested. Lines were crossed. Mean things were said. But that was yesterday. What will we do today?
I am learning not to do or say things I may regret later. Note that I did not say things I will regret; I’m setting a higher standard. If I am concerned that it might cause harm, I am making an affirmative choice NOT TO speak, act, or do. It’s part of my hiding strategy. If I don’t know what to say, I endeavor to say nothing. I’m hiding, waiting for the right words, being quiet so I can hear. I’d rather not have to apologize. It’s the next step in my evolution.
I declare here and now that I will not always succeed, but I am being intentional. My prayer has become simply, “Lord, let me hide myself in Thee.” So, you’ll be seeing less of me in the future.
Having refuge…knowing I am alone…my cup runneth over. Even hiding can be evidence that God is good.