READ : 1 Peter 3:8-22
On a vacation to Alaska, my family stopped at a husky sled dog kennel for a dog sled ride. For the summer, a wooden sled was fastened to a metal frame with wheels so it could be pulled on a gravel path. As the musher hooked up the dogs for our ride, they were ready and eager to pull. They were jumping and barking, eagerly anticipating the word mush. These dogs were born to run. And run they did! They ran so fast that within minutes our ride around the kennel was over.
The huskies are always ready and eager to run because running and pulling is part of their nature. We should always be ready and eager to do good and, as Peter says, live in harmony, be sympathetic, compassionate and humble. But, the sad fact is that this does not come naturally for us. In this world, it is not always easy to do the right thing. It is easier to go along with the crowd. “It’s hard to do what is right all the time!” we say. “We may be ridiculed or laughed at.” If that’s the way we feel, then Peter says to us, “Even if they laugh they will not harm you. If you suffer for what is right, you are blessed.”
May our eagerness to do good be so evident that we are like the sled dogs just waiting to run. God gives us the courage to always do what is right.
God, it is not always easy to do good in this world. Give us the desire to be always eager to do what is right. In Jesus’ name. Amen.