Knowledge and Discernment

In today’s liturgy David sings, teach me knowledge and discernment. Psalms 114.

Where do we go as adults for our education? Whatever our faith, the essence of all teachings is to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. So once equipped with this knowledge how do we choose to live our life? It seems so simple, but in reality it requires God’s help to accomplish. It requires that we divert from the tugs of our materialistic world in three ways. First, we must depart from a society that places the needs of the individual before the needs of the whole. Second, we must always share – not just our daily bread, but our spiritual bread as well. Third, we must open our hearts to our neighbors, and challenge injustice wherever it is found.

Sound difficult? Absolutely. As my football coach used to shout at me, “nobody said it was going to be easy.” The good news is that no matter how hard it is, and for each of us it’s a different degree of difficulty. The good news is it is within our reach. It is already in our heart and soul, we need only carry what we already know and have to the surface.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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