Practical Messages for Impractical Times
Nonmaleficence means “to do no harm.” Physicians and Nurses take an oath prior to prescribing and administering treatment and care. To do no harm can also be applied to our daily lives.
I have several outdoor plants which require large daily doses of water, especially during the blistering extended summers in Texas. If I focused on the monthly water bill, my plants would wither and die. It was a choice to plant in the spring and make the commitment to care for the plants regardless of the time and effort. As I watered my plants this morning, I reflected on their beauty and growth. Since the soil is high in nutrients, most of the plants only require sunshine and water. However, the additional step of pruning is required for others to flourish.
It was also a choice to commit my life to God. Because of that choice, I am required to study God’s Word, pray, and accept guidance and correction from the Holy Spirit. Spending time with God is causing my mindset to change. I desire spiritual growth and a deeper relationship with Him. God has promised to never withhold good (spiritual) gifts from His children.
To do no harm to my spiritual life requires study, prayer, witnessing, turning away from sin, attending church, and participating in Christian fellowship. Without commitment, I would wither and die.
Prayer for Today: Dear God, Please give me the desire to do what is necessary for my spiritual growth. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz