“Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.” Isaiah 56:1
To observe is to study, scrutinize, monitor or examine something. And isn’t this a perfect word, as we look forward to Lent beginning next week?
Yes, Ash Wednesday is days ahead, so now is a good time to take stock of our lives, examine or scrutinize our behavior and think about whether there is a bad habit that could use somee attention.
Is there an area of your life that has slipped a little, and if so, have you noticed that it has started influencing your attitude, or responses, to others? In so many ways, we can succumb to the stress and pressures of our lives, and begin employing unhealthy or less-than-our-best method of managing situations we have created, or allowed, to occur. Or perhaps it happened to us and this is the best way we have found to handle it.
Lent is a time to step back and think about whether these methods are bringing us closer to what is right and just, or are we moving away from the ideal God has set forth for us. If our coping strategy separates us from others in our lives, then it is quite likely not what God intended, for God always prizes relationships in right order.
Take time this week to observe areas of your life that may need a bit of a spiritual overhaul; and then make a determination that during these upcoming weeks, you will attend to living a life that is shaped by righteousness and justice.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at email@example.com or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.