After the devotional readings for today (August 28, 2012) from Psalm 116:1-2 ("I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live," ESV), and 1 Peter 3:11-12 ("Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil," ESV), I picked up my daily reading from Howard Thurman's book "The Inward Journey" and found these inspirational words. It all comes together:
"'Let not thy will be set to sin.' These searching words are from the Book of Tobit...The judgment which says that a deed is wrong is always a reflection of the content of the individual's sense of value. (A person) may say 'I know my feeling of guilt for what i have done does not make sense, except to me.' Our reaction is the way we are trained, conditioned, taught. But this does not alter the fact of our responsibility for our acts and reactions. It is important to make the full context of one's life pattern to the end that one's deeds will flow more and more from the center of one's intent. Perhaps this is a goal that is never reached, but to work at it is to become increasingly mature and responsible."