Most Fridays, I join Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word.
Today the word prompt is … Try.
In reading the word prompt before heading to bed, one thought went through my head, “I am going to try not to do this one.”
Even as I was drifting off to sleep, I was aware of the word weaving its way into my thoughts. I tried hard to avoid it but somehow, I knew, try as hard as I may, “Try” was going to still be present in the morning.
The early morning hours found me in the usual routine of reading and Bible study. My mind was trying to move on in thought but the word kept on pulling me back. Try ….
“…but always try to do good to each other and to all people.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15, NLT)
Try to do good … to attempt or endeavor to do something.
It has to mean even more than what meets the eye. I try to lose weight. I try to keep up with the ironing. Those are trivial things. This, “try to do good”, must mean more.
Pulling my commentary off the nearby shelf I read:
“Try to be kind” fails to convey the urgency and effort implied in Paul’s exhortation … The Christian must actively “pursue” … Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to pursue the good “always”, for “each other” and for “everyone else” as well. (New American Commentary, Volume 33, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, page 180)
Paul knew this was necessary and must be continuous in our lives. We must seek that which is good for one another, those things which will benefit and bless and grow each other in the love of the Lord and for one another.
let’s try to do good.
To each other and
to all people.