This Week in Youth: 

January 31st- UMYF, 6-7:00 p.m.

February 3rd- Dayspring, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

A few weeks ago, I went to visit my older brother and sister-in-law in St. Louis. On our way to The Container Store (the most magical store I have ever been in), we passed a bankruptcy helping agency,

what stood out to me was their slogan, “Helping good people through bad times”. What left an impression is their belief that people are inherently 

good, and that in cases where it is harder to believe that, maybe the answer lies in being empathetic to the situation. If I was to write about whether or not the Bible takes the stance of everyone is inherently good, this article would be a lot longer. Instead I want to talk about what it means to live like we believe that people are good. What if the person that cuts us off in early morning traffic before we have finished our coffee, is not what words we choose to call them in anger, what if they just really have to get to their destination in a hurry. If that was our first response, wouldn’t we also feel better? Anger is uncomfortable, judgement is uncomfortable- it just does not feel right. We do not feel any better when anger ignites. So if we begin to reframe our mind to be: this is a good person in a bad situation, there is no more emotional energy wasted on something that in perspective is relatively miniscule. 

In Philippians 4:8 Paul writes that, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things,” should we not add to the list the people around us something that is excellent and lovely? My goal this next week is to check my thoughts and make sure how I think of others is out of a place of God’s love.