Daily reading: 19 May
Do not allow others to make you feel small about your faith.
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.
- 1 Timothy 6:20 .
So often it is easy to assume that there are experts out there who know better. This is the same in most areas of life, but especially that of faith. It is easy to become bogged down with chatter about theology and Christian living and to feel utterly inadequate.
However, guard what you know to be precious. Do not allow others to make you feel small. Yes, we can argue about the finer points of theology day in, day out, and some people are indeed very intelligent and know plenty. But, at the end of the day, our faith can be pretty simple. We know in our hearts what is right.
I remember, somewhat painfully, a tutor at college upbraiding me: 'There is a difference, you know, between being clever and being intelligent.' Indeed, a questioning faith open to new learning is one thing. However, being clever about God is not what is being asked of us.
Draw a heart on a piece of paper, fold in and keep it safe. Look at it several times today and remember that your faith is simple and precious.
God of Wisdom, allow me to be content with my simple understanding of you and the world without fear of the unknown. Help me not to overcomplicate matters with cleverness but to focus on the simplicity of your ways.
Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon.
Published on 19 May 2020