May 1, 2015
Work hard. Get eight hours of sleep. Don’t spend more money than you make. Give a portion of it away. Invest early for retirement. Care more about relationships than your stuff. Tell the truth. Don’t take what isn’t yours. Believe in something larger than yourself.
Jesus had tons of wisdom that also seems simple. Love your neighbor. Turn the other cheek. Don’t let anger eat you up from the inside. Forgive. Don’t look for praise from other people. Do what you say you are going to do. Avoid being a hypocrite.
I have always believed in the maxim that you should never underestimate the ability of people to work against their own self-interest.
This is the basic story of scripture. Adam and Eve were in the garden, and they did the one thing that could get them kicked out. They were in paradise, and chose sin. In fact, I believe that the miracle in life isn’t that we mess up, but when we don’t. I believe that when we do the right thing, it is because God has given us that extra bit of grace to get over our own destructive tendencies.
One of my greatest destructive tendencies is not going to bed on time. I know I should go to bed at 10:30, but I don’t. Why? Because I’m self-destructive. (Your secret is that you are self-destructive too. We all are. We get it.)
But we don’t have to be. Jesus says that we are not going to be left alone – that he has sent us help. This Holy Spirit is a guide and power to help us become better than we could be on our own. Our mission at St. Andrew is, we are “Calling the Christian-ish to become Passionate Servants of Christ.” That means that we believe that you and I can become better than our worst habits. We can listen to and actually follow the wisdom of God.
My challenge for you today is to pray. If there is something on your mind or some aspect of your life you know you aren’t doing the right thing – stop right now and pray. God will hear you; and if you let him, he might even help you obey.