Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

Colossians 4:2-18

Be Nice

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt… v.6

As one that grew-up in the upper Midwest, niceness was a character trait that I learned as a young age was something that I should strive for. One of the first lessons my four-year old niece learned that respect means be nice. 

Should we strive to be nice to others? Yes. However, sometimes our desire to be nice to others can do harm. Niceness can sometimes be an excuse not to challenge someone’s internalized racism and white privilege. Niceness could cause a someone not to assert themselves against one that would harm them. Niceness has led me not to confront a relative’s anti-muslim and anti-immigrant speech. Niceness protects the status quo, to the detriment of those marginalized and oppressed.

The writer of the epistle calls us to gracious speech, not to be nice. Speech seasoned perhaps with some salty language from time to time. Our speech should always extend the work of God’s grace—  which sometimes means not being nice. 

God of grace, give us courage to speak up even when it means not being nice. Amen.

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