GO FOR THE GOLD
Read 1 Peter 4: 8-11
Jesus said, “[The Spirit of truth] will
glorify me, because he will take what
is mine and declare it to you.”
When I was 21, my best friend, Tim, and I got summer jobs
in Skagway, Alaska. We’d been dating for several months, so
I was delighted when he proposed and slipped a gold-nugget
ring on my finger. A few months later, we were married.
As prospectors carefully sift out the grit so that they can
extract gold nuggets, we had
a lot of filtering to do. Soon
after Tim and I married,
we argued about many
things. For one, Tim draws
his energy from being alone
while I am outgoing and crave time with friends. The differ-
ences between us made me frustrated and angry.
As I came to know God better, I began to appreciate how
God values me and my talents. I decided to value Tim in
the same way. I complimented him on his abilities, such
as writing computer software and being a good listener for
our three children. Each day, my prayers and my growing
relationship with God drew Tim and me closer as well. When
we choose to find goodness in our loved ones, negativity falls
away. In the process, we can extend an authentic display of
God’s accepting nature to those we love.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to sift through our frustration and
negativity so that we can see the gold in one another. Amen.
Lynn Hare (Oregon)
Prayer Focus: MINERS
— John 16: 14 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Where do I see God’s gold in
my loved ones?