What Are You Up To?

Tuesday, September 2

9-2By Dawn Squires and Merna Short of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

—James 3:17 NRSV

Kathie loved going to Grandma’s house. There was one rule for Grandpa’s office. “Don’t touch anything on Grandpa’s desk!” Above the desk hung a painting of an aboriginal elder wearing fierce-looking war paint.

One day Kathie came running up the hallway, crying uncontrollably. Grandmother folded Kathie in her arms, asking what was wrong. “I don’t like that man on the wall,” Kathie sobbed. “He said, ‘Kathleen, what are you up to?’”

It was obvious to Grandma that Kathie was up to touching something on Grandpa’s desk, and the little girl’s conscience was stricken. Grandma smiled as she held her. She was grateful, too, that her grandchild was aware of what we consider a right choice and what we consider wrong.

We also make mistakes in life. Prodded by our conscience we turn to God, who loves us. God, too, wraps us in comforting arms. God sets us free to make the choices according to our response to teachings about Christ’s mission. Maybe we could listen more to the quiet prompting of the Spirit asking us, “What are you up to?”

Prayer for Peace God of wisdom, help us reconsider when we start to make a poor choice. Help us weigh the result—who will it help? Who will it hurt? Will it yield good fruit? Prod us with your Spirit, God, and keep us up to peacefulness.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. The practice of discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God, using the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will be up to Christ’s mission.

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  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  2 September 2014

    Greetings Dawn and Merna. How great to see your names on todays story. Brian and I send all our love!! God bless.

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