Tonight Speedy was way more talkative than normal, and when I handed him soup I realized why; he had been drinking. And he isn’t called Speedy for nothing. He was out of it tonight and asked me if I loved him, then for a hug.
Sometimes being a servant is difficult, especially when it involves seeing a friend in his dark moments. But it isn’t reason to give up, because my hope is never in my friend’s own will—it’s in God. Friends may never improve no matter how much I want them to, but the Lord is still good and I am still His servant.
Serving is a privilege, but some nights are harder than others.
Here are some facts and statistics presented during my Global Perspectives class. Since they are at least a year old, it’s safe to assume the numbers are higher:
Henry Ward Beecher
"Blessed are the meek,
For they will inherit the earth.”
"But the meek will inherit the land
And enjoy great peace.”
The Jews tended to rely on power and might, even political rule, to get what they wanted. But Truth says the meek are the ones who will receive the inheritance. How did the Jews not know this, or act on it, when David wrote about it long before Jesus came? What could we be blind to or ignorant of right now that we think we have figured out?
Whenever I’m convicted of a sin I must cease to commit, and I begin to wrestle against it, I become much more aware of the sin in others’ lives. It’s not a matter of judging them, but rather a taunt to my spirit. When everyone else is committing the sin I commit, it becomes harder to fight it because jealousy begins to arise—jealousy that they have the “freedom” to commit sins.
But David writes to this:
“Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
For like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.”
My prayer is that I may stop looking at others and start looking at Christ, that I may become more like Him who is perfect and holy, living and free.
Here, the Greek word used for righteousness refers to relating rightly to man and having piety toward God. And this is what we were created to be, just like God in Heaven. That’s a high standard, but it’s a beautiful one that, when played out, creates an environment full of love, compassion, and forgiveness, without selfishness or malice.
God’s plan is so wonderful.