Do! Not Just Don’t.

For most people, keeping the commandments is relatively easy. There is a lot of killing these days but the number of murderers is but a small percentage of the population. Most people do not go around killing others. There is a lot of theft, both petty and serious; but most people respect the property of others. There is a lot of infidelity, both casual and habitual; but there are more marriages and partnerships that work than those that do not. There is a lot of lying, specially among politicians and businessmen, but honesty and truth are still universal values for men.

It is the doing good where the challenge is. There would be less stealing if there were more people who’d be willing to share. There would be less fighting and killing if there people were more open and willing to care. There would be less sleeping around if people had more love and faithfulness to their vows. There would be more truth and honesty if people showed more respect to one another and valued each person’s worth and dignity.

If we can just DO and not just DON’T, then we can have the beginnings of heaven here on earth.

Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
~ Psalm 106
A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.
Matthew 19:16-22
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