"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
This scripture urges us to first, be worthy of our vocation... and interestingly, says that we are called to our vocations. I don't think that only means our church callings, but really our whole lives... whatever we are called to do. Investment banker, gardener... it is all the same to the Lord. He just wants us to work at being worthy of what we do, at home, at school, at church, at work... and everyplace in between. ... I think that will change my attitude today, and I hope it does yours as well. I should complain a lot less about what I am called to do, and focus on doing it well... of being worthy of the honor of what God has given me in terms of vocation.
Further in the scripture, God asks us to be lowly and meek, to be longsuffering and forbear one another "in love." ... "working to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace." That's cool language. If we keep the spirit with us, then we are united with God... *and* more so with other people around us. We are able to be more patient, more sane. :) Peace should be really, really high on our to-do lists... definitely higher than proving who is right and who is wrong. No matter how hard the day is today, think about what helps you keep the spirit, and what drives it away. Let's work at being forbearing, and on uniting with others and promoting peace. If the scriptures can make a difference in our lives, even just for today, and make us more peaceful, and more united with the spirit... then let's make sure it happens. ... And then we'll keep reading our scriptures and see how tomorrow goes. :) A good experiment.