Read 2 Peter 3:1-18.

From Henri Nouwen’s With Open Hands:

What is perhaps most striking about the visions of the world’s future is that they have taken form completely independent of Christian thinking which is preeminently future-oriented.  Those enormous powers which are gaining ground in the hardened world, which cry out for a new age, a new world, and a new order can find no solid roots in Christianity, it seems.  While Christians were so busy with their interior household problems and were so preoccupied with themselves that they lost sight of the rest of the world, a growing need for salvation outside of Christianity became more and more evident.  This suggestion Christians often regarded as merely naïve, anarchical and immature.

And yet you are Christian only so long as you look forward to a new world, so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in, so long as  you emphasize the need of conversion both for yourself and for the world, so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come.  You are a Christian only when you believe that you have a role to play in the realization of this new kingdom, and when you urge everyone you meet with a holy unrest to make haste so that the promise might soon be fulfilled.  So long as you live as a Christian you keep looking for a new order, a new structure, a new life.

What new order, new structure, or new life is needed in your life?  What needs to change?

This newness will not happen right away.  When we decide to change our lives, it takes time. We have to wait.  Today when you find yourself having to wait, slow down and view the situation as a blessing, and then journal about the experience and what it was like to look at waiting as a blessing.


Almighty God, may Your Holy Spirit dwell in the midst of our lives as we prepare to wait.  Guide us to be be patient while we wait.  Help us to slow down to hear Your voice and to see Your blessings.  Amen.