I close my eyes and breathe, inviting peace.

I open my heart and breathe, inviting love.

My soul rejoices, knowing God is with me.

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Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom.

James 3:13

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It’s easy for us to confuse being “smart” with being “wise.” We live in a culture where being smart and going to good schools, getting a great job, getting paid a lot of money, etc. is often how we define success. But for people of faith, wisdom does not mean a relentless pursuit of getting ahead but rather the humble and loving pursuit of being in right relationship with God and one another. Our culture encourages us to #humblebrag, but our faith invites us to #lovelikeJesus.

My friend Emma Goodhouse-Doll is an enrolled member of the Hunkpapa Lakota, and her Lakota name is Winyan čík’ala. In her community, when something lifts you up, you say that you feel humbled, rather than feeling powerful. That focus on humility rather than power seems like true wisdom to me.

How are you demonstrating the wisdom of loving like Jesus in your daily life?

Heidi J. Kim

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Good and Gracious God, grant me the wisdom to live my life with humility and purpose, so that the real me can know the real you, for your greater glory. Amen.

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Let peace remind me to enter with love.

Let love remind me to make space for God.

May God’s grace help me to see and be seen!

Heidi J. Kim

Heidi J. Kim serves The Episcopal Church as the Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation. She lives in Bellevue, Washington with her spouse, Dr. Alec Campbell, and two daughters, Fiona (19) and Kiera (17).

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