When we can see our blessings and God’s work around us, it changes us. There is something different that is almost tangible. You may have felt it – the peace, the joy, the awe of seeing that there is much more to this world than meets the eye. I think of this as I read Peter’s letter to persecuted Christian communities.
It is easy to be defensive when you are under attack. It is easy to want to fight back, and sometimes it is necessary. But, even in this, there is something different if we have faith. Peter says,
“Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:15-17)
If we are called to live this way in difficult situations, how much should we be able to live this way in our everyday lives? Always be ready. Always. Keep Jesus in your hearts, and when it seems like you’ve shut Him out, ask Him back in. He’ll be ready and waiting. Then you will have a hope that you will have to explain, because others will want it for themselves.