"The apostle Paul writes to the Romans: "Bless your persecutors; never curse them, bless them. ... Never pay back evil with evil. ... Never try to get revenge. ... If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. ... Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good" (Romans 12:14-21). These words cut to the heart of the spiritual life. They make it clear what it means to choose life, not death, to choose blessings not curses. But what is asked of us here goes against the grain of our human nature. We will only be able to act according to Paul's words by knowing with our whole beings that what we are asked to do for others is what God has done for us."
Henri Nouwen Society devotional email, September 2, 2014.
Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone in order to understand who God is and what that means to us in our daily struggle with life.
To step out does not mean to abandon or to forget or to run away from the challenges in life. On the contrary, to step out is to embrace life fully. To move beyond what you already know in order to learn more about yourself, the world, and your place in it. As we begin to see ourselves in a new light, we open the door to see others differently as well.
God has opened the door of life, but it's up to you to step out into the great unknown, away from our comfort zones, and discover why God opened the door forums in the first place.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”