Wednesday Word 8.21.2019

Luke 10:30-31 New International Version

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.

Hypocrisy is an ugly thing. It is so easy to see it, plain as day, in others. It is not so easy to see it in ourselves. Evaluating our own choices and behaviors is very hard work, fraught with anxiety. Did I? Should I? Why did I? We don’t really like asking ourselves these questions in the dark of night. But, we need to do so. We need to do so in the cold light of day.

If we love God, if we are grateful to our Savior, I think we can agree that we intend to do our very best to follow Christ’s teachings. But that intention can ring pretty hollow when we honestly evaluate the choices we make. Owning up to our own shortcomings can be painful, but it’s the only way to learn and move forward. Acknowledging our missteps to ourselves, to God, and sometimes to others, makes sure that we don’t fall into the same trap as the priest in this story…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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