1 Peter 3:8-12
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
"You are God's chosen ones, and he will bless you."
This line is stuck in the midst of this passage, and it's a crucial reminder for us -- so often, our minds and lives get busy with the stuff of everyday life, and we get overwhelmed trying to figure out how we're going to manage it. We're exhausted, and in those rare moments when it feels like we're able to keep everything up in the air, all we can do is worry about what else might be coming. Life can be overwhelming, so it's crucial to slow down and remember that God loves you, and that you are enough, and that God will keep all the promises he has made to you.
So let us strive to live simply, to stop trying to compete with one another and trample each other to get first place in some mythical rat race. May we be content with the blessings we have, and may we rest in the endless and all-consuming love of God.