Amos 5:14-15: “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”

In a lonely society people are only looking out for themselves. Isn’t it ironic that self-interest actually does not have our best interest at heart? Even though it is understandable why we act that way, especially when hard-pressed in a crisis; however, life is much more than just living in survival mode. The Lord is vibrant, full of life. He leads us on a path that often seems counterintuitive, but His way brings us past survival and steers us to abundant life.

May God have His way with us as we cope with changes. For instance our bodies change. We grow up, we reach our peak performance and as years go by our bodies disintegrate. Trying to conserve our physical appearance is fighting an uphill battle. Time may not be kind to our bodies, but we can choose to be kind to ourselves and others. Similar to cancer cells taking over, bitterness is toxic; kindness on the other hand is life to our bones. In this vein we read in the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 14:30):

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

The Lord has shown us kindness and He blesses us when we are kind to others. Try this today: be kind to someone you don’t know, and see where this takes you. It may make someone’s day, but it will certainly put a smile on your face too.

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. That’s the power of God’s way.

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