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“Do Good! Seek peace and go after it!” -Psalm 34:14
Who is your hero? Did you have a favorite superhero growing up? We all have people we look up to or “idolize” in our lives. There are occasions when that affection is well deserved, and other times we become disenchanted when our heroes turn out to be not-so-super after all. My favorite superhero growing up was Wonder Woman. I loved the television shows and watching how she got people to tell the truth and save the person in crisis. Wonder Woman was smart and pretty. She caught the bad guys and always had something meaningful to teach us. I wanted to be like her.
This week at our Vacation Bible School we are challenging our kids to be super in their own lives and make a difference in the lives of others. Our theme verse sums it up simply, “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” -Psalm 34:14. There are times when making a difference in the life of another person doesn’t take a huge effort. It’s just simply doing the right thing. Making an impact for the greater good of the community or our neighborhood is an important part in being a faithful follower of Christ. The challenge in this verse is to seek peace and go after it. Not simply to sit idly by and hope that peace will come to you or your community, but affecting the necessary changes in our lives, in our jobs, in our families and our neighborhoods to seek peace and go after it! This peace, Shalom in Hebrew, is about wholeness, health, restoration of relationships. It isn’t simply the absence of war or conflict.
As we challenge our children this week, how can you be a hero in someone else’s life this week? How can you seek peace and go after it? How can you do good today? Our Heart of Neighboring series continues to challenge us to engage with the people closest to us. To not only meet them and know their names, but to reach out and meet their needs as well. Sometimes the more difficult part of that is allowing them to meet our needs too. Relationships need to be reciprocal. If we are the superhero in someone else’s life but we never appreciate how they can be heroes in our lives, we don’t have a balance in relationship. This week, do good! Seek peace and go after it!
Gracious God, you provide for our needs. Thank you for providing homes and neighborhoods for us to live in. Give us courage to do the right thing. Give us opportunity to seek peace and go after it. Give us hearts of compassion to love our neighbor and work for their best interest, whether that is across the street or across the world. Amen.