“…let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth].” (Romans 14: 19)
Our lives can be full of many activities and a need to achieve in various areas. We want to make a living and we want to take care of our needs. We can do these things successfully and at the same time bring more goodness to others and to the world, and gain a greater joy ourselves.
Paul is reminding us that our best pursuits are those which include the desire and action to bring peace to our experience. We can go about those activities that we feel led or called to do, but we are best served ourselves and best serve others when we help build each other up. When we compete for good, put others down, judge, or make our lives about winning personal victories at whatever cost, we have missed out on true success.
Instead, we should and can approach all that we are doing (as well as being open to new opportunities) with the thought of including and embracing others, building one another up. In doing so, we are really being more true to ourselves. As we love and give, so are we really satisfied and gain so much more in understanding, peace, and happiness.
Let’s have peace and harmony as our goal, and let us pursue this with enthusiasm! For what is a better thing than to have peace abound, to see those around us grateful and happy, and so to feel the real riches that come of doing good.
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