I recently had a conversation with a very good friend and as we chatted about what’s happening in each other’s lives my good friend told me that he had been invited back to sit on a board of a significant community organization. He’s in the medical profession and is accustomed to the virtual reality of meetings but still is a bit weary of the dynamics.  He also a little whiny about taking on more responsibility in these uncertain times but the truth is that he is really passionate about the organization. He financially contributes to the organization and was a previous board member. He’s a good person to be on their board and will help them continue their good work.

I found it interesting that during the conversation my good friend said something that I thought was very insightful about himself and also very relevant for us today. He said, in his exact language, that he needed to put aside the tendency to talk too much during the meetings and he also needed to put aside being critical of others. He said, “I’m a better person, colleague, partner and board member when I put aside my things – my behaviors – those things that get in my way from keeping me connected and focused on what’s important.”

As we continue navigating in these COVID-19 times, trying to decipher best practices, trying to live into what it means to be a good citizen and faithful neighbor, the question that I’ve been pondering is “What do I need to put away?” How are my attitudes and behaviors restricting me from being a better person? What is getting in my way from keeping me connected and focused on what is important? All of us need to put away behaviors and attitudes that keep us from connecting – that keep us from experiencing the One who lives in each one of us. What do you need to begin putting away?

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:25-27
 “So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.  Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.”

Reflection Questions:
What do you need to “put away”?
What does speak the truth in love mean to you?
Who are you angry with?

Prayer:   Holy God, let me put aside the things that get in my way of connecting with you and others and help me to listen to more of your truth than to the loud voices of falseness. Don’t let me be causal when it comes to what’s important.  Amen.

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