Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

My soul is the essence of who I am, my very being. It is the boundless, timeless, passionate part of me. It is my authentic spiritual self.

What does it mean to honor my authentic spiritual self today?

What does it mean to love God with my soul?

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Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don’t think that you’re so smart. Don’t pay back anyone for their evil actions with evil actions, but show respect for what everyone else believes is good.

If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.

Romans 12:16-18

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God calls us to live at peace with all people. But sometimes, when we watch the news or when something terrible happens, we can start to feel like world is filled only with division and hate.

But that is not where God calls this world.

In today’s Scripture reading, we have clues about the ways in which we can do our part to make this world a better place.

Respect the people around us, regardless of whether we believe the same things about what is good.

Be humble. Seek equality.

Be in relationship with people who are forgotten.

Do not retaliate when we are wronged.

God is not calling us to be perfect. God is calling us to live into these qualities to the best of our ability.

And if each one of us does this, surely the world will start to feel like a more welcoming, peaceful place.

Wendy Johnson

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God, sometimes this world can feel angry and frightening. It can feel so difficult to truly live at peace. Help me to find a way to live in the ways you are calling me to live. Help me to respect every individual as a beloved child of God. Amen.

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Go and find that boundless, timeless, passionate part of yourself.

Go and be the person God is calling you to be.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is the Digital Missioner for Formation for The Episcopal Church. As a youth minister and a communications professional, she has worked with young people in the church for 16 years.

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