Daily Ground – – -January 17
For what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
-The Book of Micah, chapter 6, verse 8
Most of us feel the world requires more from us than the Lord does in the above quote from Micah. The world requires us to work harder, get better jobs, accumulate more things, plan brilliant vacations, give our children the best device, wear brand names, keep up with the Jones’ etc., etc. The pace of life certainly seems challenging. The above quote may seem simpler at first glance, but it truly is a tall order.
How do we reconcile living in the world and being just, kind, and humble to all human beings. It’s easy to be just and kind if someone votes for the same politician, practices the same faith tradition, and is in the same tax bracket, as you. But when we see the person on the corner, poor and asking for money, it is fairly easy to say something derogatory, assume they are drug addicted, lazy, and part of the problem the party in power is creating.
None of us is perfect. Yes – it is easier to get along with those that look and smell like we do. But I’ve found that being pushed and stretched to be with strangers (with other) is truly the only way to grow spiritually. Ask your God for help with this. Have faith. It can happen. Today – try to be kind to every soul you encounter – even if you do it 70% of the time. The world will be a better place.