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  March 27, 2015:  What does it mean to clean my own side of the street?
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  Micah 6:8 ďÖand what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly?Ē

Through Micah, God reminded Israel of the terrible things He had rescued them from. Then Micah told them what God expected of these people He had set free. Micah starts by asking some questions.

Would God be pleased with burnt offerings? With ďthousands of rams or ten thousands rivers of oil or even their first-born child?Ē (
Micah 6:7) Even then, that wouldnít be enough to repay the God who had freed them from bondage. So what did God expect from them? And what does He expect from us?

There were only three things, and they were and are simple things. However, like many things that are ďsimple,Ē they might not be easy. The first of those was that they were to ďdo justly.Ē (
Micah 6:8) ďDoing justlyĒ simply means doing the right thing to the best of my ability. Thatís not complicated, is it?

When a family is in chaos, itís easy for the lines to get blurred. Itís probably only one person in a family who acts out in destructive ways, but he or she isnít the only one with a problem. One young wife said it perfectly: ďHe drinks, and I get crazy.Ē And just because the drinking or acting out stops doesnít mean everyone is healthy.

Recovery takes time, and that applies both to the prodigal and also to the people who love him. Some people are never going to choose recovery. Nor can we force them to no matter how much we want to or how hard we try. To try to ďfixĒ another person is the perfect example of ďself-will run riot.Ē Who are we to decide what other people need to do in their lives?

But what about the things they say about me and do to me? Donít I have the right to fight back if someone hurts me? Fair questions, but the first thing I need to realize is that Iím not capable of being objective in situations like that. If Iím honest, Iíll admit itís a lot easier to see your part than it is to see my own.

The second is that I canít make anyone else choose to do the right thing. And people are going to misunderstand me sometimes or strike out unfairly. They might be unkind or even cruel, and I canít change that. I can, however, choose to do the right thing myself. And I can do that even though nobody else is doing whatís right because itís not about someone else.

Thatís what it means to clean my own side of the street. Regardless of what someone else does or how hurt I am, it doesnít excuse my doing the wrong thing tooÖno matter how much I want to or how justified I feel in doing it. It isnít about ďthemĒ at all. Itís about doing what God requires of meÖthe right thing.

You and I wonít do it perfectly. Arenít you glad we donít have to? But we can make a beginning. We can leave unsaid the cruel words we wanted to fight back with. We can send that card, make that call, and own our part without assigning blame to others for theirs. And we can do it to the best of our abilityÖjust for today.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, chose to do the right thing regardless of what anyone else might do?
 
 
 
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