“Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim.” Isaiah 1:16-17a
Learning to do the right thing can take what seems like a lifetime. Choosing to wash ourselves clean and stop doing misdeeds is often a function of paying attention to our behavior and choices, especially during Lent, a time dedicated to renewal.
And designating that justice is our aim can be something which influences every decision we make. In that, we have the opportunity to ask ourselves if the choice we are about to make will bring goodness and right order to the world or not.
What would happen if this was a question each one of us asked every time we were in the decision-making process? What if in every choice we were about to make, it was clear that it was important to us for how it would impact the world? We would have a very different world, indeed.
We are now two weeks into Lent. Do our attitudes, actions and words convey to ourselves and others a desire for change? It is this desire that must become evident in the way we live each day, through our aspiration to bring the Spirit of Christ into every conversation, every interaction and every situation — whether we use His name or not — to transform our world and make justice a reality.
What can you do this week to live Jesus’ mission on the earth? What can you do to bring a sense of right order, wholeness and compassion to your work place, your school, the stores you shop and the roads you drive? Be the presence of Christ everywhere you go and be an example of His love and mercy to every person you meet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.