If we let revenge consume us, we will miss the songs of red-winged blackbirds, the colors of sunsets, and the laughter of friends. An ancient adage maintains that a life well lived is the best revenge. While attempting to strike back at another person proves futile, we have the power to create beauty and happiness for our families and ourselves. We cannot control another person’s actions, but we can influence our own. Movement toward goodness balances the scale in a way that revenge never can.
—Kathleen Fischer, in Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
What areas of your life could benefit from intentional “movement toward goodness” instead of revenge? Join the conversation.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
—Romans 12:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Search me and know me. Shine a light on my innermost thoughts and feelings, even those I try to hide deep within. Give me courage to name the sources of my joy and my anger. Give me strength and wisdom to learn from them. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Registration is now open for RESILIENCE: Healing Practices for Mind, Body, and Spirit. Join us on September 30–October 2, 2021, as we explore a fresh array of spiritual practices to help with healing from trauma. Learn more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.