04 Dec

"Peter's Recipe for a Good Life''

There are bookshelves full of books that suggest how to live a good life, but few will suggest it from God's perspective.  In 1 Peter 3, the Big Fisherman lays it out, very straightforward and it goes against our nature. Beginning in verse 13-18, Peter writes, "If with heart and soul you're doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you're still better off.  Don't give the opposition a second thought.  Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master.  Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.  Keep a clear conscious before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick.  They'll end up realizing that they're the ones who need a bath.  It's better to suffer for doing good, if that's what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad.  That's what Christ did difinitively; suffered because of other's sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones.  He went through it all---was put to death and then made alive---to bring us to God.''  So, you see---living a righteous life provides all the important things and at the same time gives hope of the eternal tomorrow.  How often I have failed to do this.  As I get older, instead of getting better at turning the other cheek, I want to 'fire back'!   In a sense, this is what disappoints me with my President's Tweets.  Some say it's his way of evening the playing field.  He knows it will stir up his foes and make them respond in a heat.  I pray that to be the case, don't you?

Regardless of how this crazy election turns out, 'We ain't heard the last of Donald J Trump!'   He knows the truth and so do I.   I pray that against all odds, Aggies GIG 'em!  Peter sums up this chapter with this reminder:  "Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone, from angels to armies.  He's standing right alongside God, and what he says goes.

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

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