“Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 12:28).
“Evil” spelled backwards is “live.”
If you turn your back to evil and live a life focused on God, evil will not prevail. This was the message the deacon eloquently presented in church recently using props and school children. Four children held up a letter until the word evil was displayed. He then had the children turn around, ultimately spelling the word live.
The message: when we live our best life, treating one another with respect and kindness, we are focusing on love, not evil. This is what God wants of us.
While this message was illustrated for the students, I had to marvel at how easy it was to transfer to our lives as adults: live/love: evil/hate.
Jesus asks us to love our neighbors. Jealousy creeps in sometimes–sure I can admit that. In my case I become a bit envious when others talk of their employment and joke with me at how they wish they were retired like I am. I’m becoming more accustomed to retirement two years in, but this wasn’t my dream and I still miss my career. So jokes hurt.
Perhaps you become jealous of those who have more physical capabilities than you. These are difficult things to wrangle with and are normal emotions; but left festering inside of us can likely grow into anger or worse yet hatred/evil.
When these feelings come up, it is a good clue to find comfort in our relationship with the Lord. Grab a favorite devotional book, the Bible, or a journal that holds your verses. Do something to help yourself deal with the frustrations and find comfort. As Christians, this will help us turn towards love and life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help us to live a life of kindness and love. Let us find comfort in knowing that You are with us as we face our challenges and allow us to live our best life. Amen.
About the author:
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three children. She is a retired elementary school counselor who discovered her love of writing about 35 years ago. Laura is the disability/chronic illness advocate for her church and also enjoys running a HopeKeepers group. She is writing a book about her illness, dysautonomia: the deregulation of the autonomic nervous system. She had a pacemaker implanted in October 2013 as a result of dysautonomia slowing her heart rate.
How do you really live each day to the fullest?
This is Carolyn Arends singing, “Only Love.” It is a song that speaks about how only love can overcome the darkness. We can run around trying to avoid the evil and darkness of the world, but the more we run the more it can catch up with us. Instead, we must draw closer to the Lord. It’s a beautiful song that I hope you like. -Lisa