It’s not very often that we get a cool date to play with. That’s really the only reason it’s in the subject line–shameless exploitation of the calendar.
This landed in my inbox the other day:
Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.*
How have I never noticed that evil is live backwards? Words are my art, you’d think I’d see that automatically, but I didn’t until they were stacked one on top of the other in scripture. What amazes me more is that it’s probably only like that in English. (I’m not a linguist by any means, so I could be wrong.) Some people might call that a happy accident or coincidence. I look at that and think (as I so often do), “Wow, God, how’d you do that?”
There’s even a lesson in those two short lines. Seeking good leads to abundant life. Seeking evil leads to death. That’s not to say that seeking good will always lead to happiness. There are things beyond our control, and even the best of us will have trouble and sorrow at some point. Seeking good isn’t the formula for contentment, but it goes a long way toward it. It helps when trouble comes; it allows us to face hardship with grace, knowing that it’s temporary. Seeking good (and doing what is right) helps us to sleep at night, if nothing else. Seeking evil drains the seeker of contentment, drives her to find the next fix, buy the next toy, disclose the next secret. So much packed into eight little words.
*It’s the beginning Amos 5:14