Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers.
Commit your way to the Holy One;
trust in God, and God will act.
—Psalm 37.1, 5
Beware the temptation to outdo an evil one,
to beat the wicked at their own game.
The saint does not resist the devil
by becoming a more devout devil.
(You only think you envy the wrongdoer;
like them you think they’re getting away with it.
You can’t see the frightful abyss within,
the hell they are fighting to escape.)
Your compass is set to a different star.
Don’t let them turn you.
Set your heart on compassion,
even facing a wrongdoer:
it will make whatever game they are playing
a different game.
Let the Crucified one play your character;
it will change the meaning of the play.
You needn’t pimp up the power of God.
Trust love to do what you cannot.
—February 20, 2019