Good Day, God!
Kit and I planned to celebrate our wedding anniversary this Thursday by going to Waikiki for dinner. We were planning to “settle” a driving-route dispute that arose the previous week by driving my route. I knew that wanting to prove I was right wasn’t a good way to celebrate our anniversary — but I was going to do it anyway. What gets into me?
Mostly God, Kit and I walk lovingly and peacefully through our separate universes. The difficulty comes when we are DRIVING together through the same universe. You can only drive one route. And every once in a while I really want it to be my route. Sigh.
Fortunately, a good Samaritan plumber was coming at that exact time, after his regular work day. It was a double blessing. We got our sink unstopped and I wasn’t able to push our “navigational” disagreement. We went to a nearby restaurant by a mutually agreed route.
I must say that finding myself possessed by a Spirit of Rightness is distressing. This is NOT a Good Spirit! And I see it at work all around me. People in the Grip of the Spirit of Rightness do not compromise. They do not look for win/win solutions. They make being Narrow Minded and Judgmental into a Virtue.
Sigh, being Right seems to give people permission to do horrible things to people who are “Not Right.” What is it the Paul said in his letter to the Romans: For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” Boy, is that true! And there is nothing like being in the Grip of the Spirit of Rightness to separate us from You and from One Another.
So, please God, pour out Your Holy Spirit of Love and Joy and Peace and Compassion on all of us humans — especially those of us who love the illusion of being “right.”