Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

01/05/2016 9:39 AM

A Resolution of Character

01/05/2016 9:39 AM
01/05/2016 9:39 AM

"Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." (Matthew 2:2)

This quote is from the Wise Men during their inquiry of Herod on the birthplace of Jesus. On Sunday, we viewed this story through the lens of how the players carried themselves. Let’s look again at the differences:

  1. When they learned of the birth, the Wise Men became interested in learning more about it. Herod became afraid and infuriated.
  2. When they learned of the birth, the Wise Men set out to meet the baby and build a relationship. Herod set out to manipulate and coerce.
  3. When they learned of the birth, the Wise Men sought guidance. Herod sought more control.

Which would you rather pattern yourself after? The obvious answer is the Wise Men. We would much rather be like those who are interested in learning more about the things that come our way, in building relationships, and in seeking guidance from God than we are those who succumb to their emotions, manipulate others, or become control freaks. We would much rather be like the Wise Men than Herod.

In a year where the world seems more unpredictable and dangerous than ever, maintaining our own composure and compassion for others is something that is sorely needed. Let’s take a cue from the Wise Men and resolve to do that very thing. We cannot control much, but we can control our own behavior. Think of it as a resolution of character.

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