Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just doing our best

I love this Psalm.  I became a Christian at age 16.  It's a good thing too...  I got into all sorts of wrong things, I even knew all the wrong words to use.  Reading this Psalm reminds me of the journey we all go through.  None of us are perfect- that's for sure.   We're all doing the best we can.  It was written by David.

Psalms 101
1 My theme song is God's love and justice,
and I'm singing it right to you, God

All we can do is the best we can.  I find praying for the Holy Spirit to help is a good way to handle situations where I don't know what to say or do.  Many of us are wondering when Jesus will come back.  Here's another Psalm that speaks of the second coming of Christ from the Old Testament. We don't know the time but things are getting stranger everyday.   It's interesting that this Psalm talks of how we behave at home, where it counts.  It really does affect how things go when you go out in public.
2 I'm finding my way down the road of right living,
but how long before you show up?
I'm doing the very best I can,
and I'm doing it at home, where it counts

This part of the Psalm reminds me to use my head and decide what I should or shouldn't be doing.   There was a time when gossip just popped out of my mouth.  Recently I actually thought, "That would be gossip. Be quiet."  It was so refreshing and guilt-free.  Even better than a diet soda.
3 I refuse to take a second look
at corrupting people and degrading things.
I reject made-in-Canaan gods,
stay clear of contamination
4 The crooked in heart keep their distance;
I refuse to shake hands with those who plan evil
5 I put a gag on the gossip
who bad-mouths his neighbor;
I can't stand

"Salt of the earth people" reminds me of my best friend in High School.  Her name was, "Monty."  She lived in a small town, in a modest house.  She was so pretty- striking green eyes and dark hair.  I was a little jealous of her, and found out later she was of me.  We had all sorts of fun together.  She didn't have time for trouble.  There were horses, motorcycles, cooking, boys, all sorts of things to do.  She was always honest with me.  And I appreciated that.  

One day, she said, "I can't tell if you're really brave or stupid."  When I first learned to drive I had a serious issue with the gas pedal...  But I still smile at those words and sometimes ask myself if I'm being brave or stupid.  She's the type of person I'd want to work with.  Honest, hard-working, with strong values. You can imagine my happiness when I met Victoria a few years ago.  She walked up and told me, "You smell like an old lady."  I laughed and knew I had another honest friend for life.  It's good to be honest.  We're all doing our best, but a Psalm like this makes me want to do better.    
6 But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people — 
they're the ones I want working with me;
Men and women on the straight and narrow — 
these are the ones I want at my side
7 But no one who traffics in lies
gets a job with me; I have no patience with liars.
I've rounded up all the wicked like cattle
and herded them right out of the country
8 I purged God's city
of all who make a business of evil.


  1. Dear Karen, I have to say that the bit about doing our best at home where it counts, really speaks to my heart today. It is just too easy to put on our best behavior for others, outside the home, to be kind, compassionate, good while at home, we let ourselves act in any manner of thoughtless or unkind, impatient ways.

    This reminds me of a quote by Mother Teresa, I don't remember it all but it has to do with everyone being in such a hurry today, parents having no time for their children and vice versa and ends with the sobering line "and so the destruction of the peace of the world begins in the home." Yet, if we take accountability for our actions at home, so can the peace of the home be carried out into our sad and hurting world.

  2. Thanks for sharing this Colleen. Mother Teresa had some pretty great messages for us. I think the people who are most frightening are those who pretend to be perfect in public. You never know what comes next- you can sense it's not natural. I agree the more we practice love, patience and kindness at home the more we're able to show it to others who need us. This Psalm is incredibly practical. Thanks again!

  3. You would never make it in politics, Karen. That is one of the greatest compliments I can give. Great post. Blessings.

  4. Haha I'd be the first woman to stand up and say, "We have no idea what we're doing here. Things have evolved and we have way too many things to read- our laws could fill a football stadium. Please pray that God will give us wisdom to sort all this out. Anyone want to throw it all out and start over with the 10 Commandments?" Thanks for the compliment :)