“Once you’re convinced that he is right and righteous, you’ll recognize that all who practice righteousness are God’s true children.” –1 John 2:29 (The Message)
When I’m walking Lexi, I recognize the other people walking their dogs. (I recognize the dogs, too.) There’s Marcia, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, with her dog Lucky. A gray-haired woman walks a big black retriever; sometimes her granddaughter walks with her. The Lab’s owner always carries a mug of coffee. The Corgi’s owner is the president of the homeowners association. A man began leash training his puppy a year ago; now the dog walks steadily by his side. There are many others. I recognize the dog-walkers I see day after day. When we’re walking with God, we recognize other people walking in faith. They may walk in different ways, just as my neighbors walk different kinds of dogs, but “all who practice righteousness are God’s true children,” as scripture says. When we are faithful, we recognize that others are faithful, too. We recognize the faith-walkers we see day after day.
Dear God, Teach me to recognize the righteous who are also walking in faith. Amen