Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. ~Buddha
My neighbor was in a tizzy. The subdivision going in next to us was grading the land, and he just knew it was going to flood our properties.
“We need to sue. Go to the County Commissioners. Something has to be done.” His hands flailed through the air like heat-seeking missiles. “We have to do something.”
I tried to calm him and suggested we might want to talk to the developers first.
His mouth dropped open, and with a deep sigh, he shook his head, called me a name, and left.
It wasn’t a bad name. “Mary Sunshine.”
It’s not the first time I have caused confusion.
Why do you read to old people every week? Why do you write to convicts? Why do you give away so much money? Why do you help total strangers . . .
I’ll tell you why.
Paul told the Corinthians that people were going to question their better judgment. People were going to call them crazy, foolish, stupid.
But, Paul assured them, their foolishness would be coming straight from the Spirit.
The Spirit says love the unlovable. Be happy in the midst of sorrow. Find peace in the storm. Wait for God. Be kind to everyone. Be good as your Father is good. Stay faithful even when it looks hopeless. Have a gentle touch and turn away wrath. Self-control is your friend.
Are you a childless woman considering volunteering at the neighborhood school?
Do you have several adult children, yet you’re thinking of filling the nest with a new flock of children?
Are you ready to retire and enjoy trips with your husband, but instead you’re contemplating devoting these years to caring for a mother with dementia?
Whatever the Spirit is asking you to do, do it with gusto.
14 The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NET