Prayer: Help up to remember to be kind rather than thinking we have to be right. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 8: 1-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Respect seems to be the theme here. Simply said, "Do not force your beliefs/opinions on others." The message of verses 4 through 10 is so basic. Just because you eat meat don’t expect everyone else to eat meat. Conversely, if you are a vegetarian don’t expect others to do likewise. Doing something because you think you “have to” is not God’s wish. Rather, do what you feel is best and not harmful to you or others.
From the book “Wonder” by R. J. Polaccio, Mr. Brown, the English teacher, every month gave his students a ‘’precept’’ they should write about. “If given a choice between right or being kind…..choose kind!” What would you write? Or do? -- Alice Yeakel
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