Brothers and Sisters,
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another,
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
I closed my career in education with a county level job. Though I no longer taught students of my own, I did work with the amazing professionals who did. This position also allowed me access to people and opportunities beyond the school setting which I might otherwise have never encountered. I very much appreciated this chance to benefit our area children in more global ways.
In the process, I made a new friend who had been elected to a position at the state level. This person understood the possibilities that came with this role and she was anxious to add her good will and good sense to the mix. Unfortunately, over time her frustration mounted. Her every attempt to transform a good idea into practice required her support of less-than-good legislation in return. In the end, my friend found that too many bad ideas had become reality as a result of the “deals” which had to be made to gather support. After only one term in office, my friend moved on to a service position where there were no strings attached to anyone’s good deeds.
I admit that the recent electoral cycle brought my friend’s experience back to mind. Though I can’t do much on a grand scale, I can certainly hold myself to a higher standard. We all can. Today, I’m going to try to do the right thing because it is the right thing. No strings attached. Hopefully, my efforts today will set the tone for the rest of the days I’m given.
Dear God, bless us with the wisdom to discern what is right and to act accordingly. Help us not to hinder our own goodness or the goodness of others by attaching strings to our good deeds.
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