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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goodness: Choosing God and the Good

Goodness: Choosing God and the Good
My choices will bring to life in me a thriving, blossoming, well-nourished tree, or they'll take me down the road to arrogance, shame, isolation and dysfunction.







Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

Goodness: Choosing God and the Good

By Evan Nehring

I've gone back to one of my faves in my quiet time this morning. Psalm 1...the tree planted by the river. It paints some stark contrasts between good and bad choices. I like Eugene Peterson's take in The Message Bible.

How well God must like you—
you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

You’re not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.

God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row.

Is it just me, or does this strike the ears as being a bit intolerant these days? "How can you judge people based on your ancient ideas of right and wrong?" Well, part of judging is having convictions about right and wrong. I want to judge wrong in myself and show grace to others. But I'll never redefine the truth for my feelings or anyone else's.

Do I need to stick it in everyone's face? Well, lovingly, gently representing the truth is a good thing. But I want to play hardball with myself. As I "chew on Scripture day and night," I want to judge the darkness in my own heart and pray for God's constant forgiveness and strength to change.

Photo Credit: wwward0 on Flickr Creative Commons

My choices will bring to life in me a thriving, blossoming, well-nourished tree, or they'll take me down the road to arrogance, shame, isolation and dysfunction.

The fruit of the Spirit is goodness. Goodness is part of the godly character I choose to put on today.

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How does Psalm 1 grab you today?
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