Morning: Psalm 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; I Corinthians 2:1-13
Evening: Psalm 145; John 14:21-29
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that each person should be self-reliant, avoid conformity, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. "A foolish consistency,” he says, “is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Emerson believed that spirituality requires conformity. But Jesus taught that the Spirit of God guides us in each and every new circumstance. Conformity does not work when the Spirit is involved. There is but one prescription … Love God and the Spirit will teach you everything you need. Self-reliance may be an unreliable goal. God made us a communal species.