“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Trust in the LORD and do good.
This is such good advice for each of us.
But it’s not such an easy proposition.
If I trust in God I must actually have a good connection with God.
This is all very personal stuff and certainly not something to judge in others.
I have to wrestle with whether I am putting trust in God, myself or someone else.
Am I so headstrong about beliefs that I am not listening to others?
Am I open to hearing God speak to me?
Am I setting aside time to listen?
Or, am I simply listening to the same old recordings playing over and over in my mind?
Times of meditation or Centering Prayer would be very helpful in allowing those mind addictions to cease.
Doing what is good is also not so easy to figure out.
Sure, basic “good” seems easy.
But I wonder why there seems to be such horrible, angry vitriol these days if doing “good” is so easy?
Most of the people who do horrible things think what they are doing is for the good.
Before Saul became known as St. Paul, he thought it was really good to round up Christians and send them to their deaths!
I think that a basic test of doing good would be whether an action is based on loving God and our neighbor as ourselves.
Reviewing our old habitual patterns and discerning God’s voice is something that takes time and humility.
It may require that I forgive others and myself for past actions and statements.
May I never lose sight of this, and may I always be willing to extend forgiveness.
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