“Thus says the Lord: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation us about to come, my justice about to be revealed,” Isaiah 56:1
We might know the right thing to do, but do we do it? We might know what God asks of us: to be kind to one another, do what is right and love Him and our neighbor, but do we choose these things over selfishness and what is self-serving?
Choosing to do the right thing actually must become a habit, like flossing our teeth before bed, because we know it’s good for us. Just like making time to do what we know is right for our bodies, choosing to do what is right and just takes time, too. For most of us, it must become a habit and won’t be spontaneous until it is a habit.
If we think about some of the holiest people we know, perhaps someone from your church, your Great Aunt Betty or someone from long ago, you might be tempted to think they were just born that way. Perhaps that being kind is a disposition they inherited and not anything they had to choose or into which they had to invest any effort.
Actually, what we’re talking about is everyday holiness, and true, experienced holiness is a habit that is formed every day, through the small gestures of gentleness, kindness and thoughtfulness toward others. What could you do today to become a holier person? Remember that in doing so, you will be forming a habit that will be transformative of your immediate world, and will also have implications far beyond anything you will ever see or know.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.