Doing the right thing: each of us has a hundred opportunities—every day. How well we fare can depend on many things: spiritual life, training, health, strength, even intelligence.
Today, life is complicated and fast-paced; it’s very possible, when such an opportunity is presented, to miss it, minimize it, or misuse it. Sin: the original “Easy Button.” (If you don’t believe me, just look at a newspaper or magazine.)
Years of experience as a wife, mother, teacher, secretary, supervisor, and minister have taught me (the hard way): In order not to blow it during those instant-choice moments, one must exercise a lot of self-discipline.
Yesterday Effie was unmanageable. Remember, we’ve never been close, and add to that downright horrible behavior, and, well, it really takes discipline to do the right thing.
This week I watched Effie win the hearts of these hospice personnel; they’re passing the cute little pixie photo around the office. But then, for Effie to shoot me with both barrels like this, it’s hard to deal with. Yes, yes, I know (better than anybody) she’s insane. But still, I find myself empathizing with mothers who tell me how schmaltzy-sweet their child is–until he gets behind closed doors and, BAM! …It’s a thorn in the flesh that doesn’t seem to have a sweet-smelling rose anywhere.
I also tip my hat to persons in the medical field that deal with these difficult people day-in and day-out. Wow. ‘Gotta hand it to ya.
I try! And [by the grace given me by the Lord] I do okay generally?—but I’m only human; perfection is unattainable. I figure the important thing is to watch the incremental aspect of sin, and pray, pray, pray.
When given a split-second moment to choose good or evil, it behooves me to stop and think of what a heinous villain I was—undeserving of anything, much less forgiveness from the God Whom I’d sinned against grievously. Here’s the verse I hold onto these days with every fiber of my tattered, feeble, brittle being: Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So here’s to doing the right thing. …I think I’ll put an extra cookie on her lunch tray. 😉