… Doing It Right

February 2 – “Ground Hog Day”. Where will the shadows show up and who or what lurks there?

In the Christian Calendar February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation. St Luke tells us that at the prescribed time Mary and Joseph did what the law required. This was both a “presentation” and a rite of “purification”. It involved a journey to Jerusalem and offering a sacrifice. Our scriptures assure us that, when it comes to the messiah, things were done right.

We bought a new car once and everything worked exactly as it should until we brought it in to the dealer for the six-week check-up. I don’t know what they did, but whatever it was, the car was never the same. We had trouble starting it. Suddenly the brakes weren’t functioning quite right. We became more and more frustrated until we finally had no choice but to trade it in.

Most of the time, doing something right involves time, patience, sacrifice, making and correcting mistakes. And every now and then, particularly when it comes to relationships, “doing it right” can mean doing nothing at all. (Thus the adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!) Ironically, doing right by way of doing nothing can be the most challenging of all!

Today, be grateful for the ways your life is made easier because someone you live or work with or depend upon – maybe even someone now long gone from your presence – took the time or had the wisdom or made the sacrifice to do things right. Let that be the legacy you build for yourself – to be known as someone who did things right.

As you present yourself to the Lord today may it be a blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.