Have you noticed that we can look at something and not really see it? Either our attention isn’t well focused, or we are distracted by preconceived ideas or hesitations. The Holy Spirit can help us see better in many circumstances. I suggest that we visit my word-beach and collect some “see-shalls”.
Those who see beyond themselves and their own agendas and spend their time and creativity loving others shall be surprisingly rewarded.
Those who honestly see the error in some of their thoughts, words, or deeds, and work to correct their bad choices shall find renewal and refreshment with the Holy Spirit’s help.
Those who, with clear eyesight, see the equality of all God’s children—our brothers and sisters—and treat everyone fairly shall share the joy of new friendships and freedoms.
Those who see the importance of not dwelling in the past but making the most of the present shall experience new confidence and a stronger trust in our loving Father, God.
Those who humbly see their brothers’ and sisters’ need for forgiveness and willingly offer it shall receive forgiveness themselves and peacefully enjoy reconciliation with the Lord.
Those who purposely see chances to share resources with others and do not procrastinate or selfishly ration those resources shall know the blessing of shared enterprise, invention, and progress for the good of all.
Those who see the hidden potential of goodness in others and affirm them while encouraging them to share their wealth shall be affirmed and encouraged themselves; peace may be realized in new and dramatic ways.
Those who see the possibilities, inspired by the Holy Spirit, for sharing the reign of God in everyday life, and work to make them realities, shall know the fellowship of other believers and reap the rewards of amazing grace.
And so, with our see-shalls, we take St. Paul’s wise advice and remember where we can go for daily help:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17)
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The Scripture passages are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Sharon Krause is a RENEW volunteer whose writing has appeared in several resources for small-group faith sharing. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother residing in Manchester, Connecticut. Over the years, she has served in many parish ministries.