psalm 53: you are not what you do

when you do something really
loathsome and hateful,
just bear in mind:

you are not what you do.

you should probably remember
this when you perform those
random acts of kindness
as well.

just get past your
shame/pride and your fixation
that heaven is scrutinizing
your every action, and you’ll come
to realize the real question is not
did you see what i did but
rather so what on earth
am i going to
do now?

2 Comments on “psalm 53: you are not what you do”

  1. abunaalgodon says:

    wonderful! best therapeutic/religious counsel i’ve heard.

    do you know Mary Oliver’s little poem, The Summer Day? i’m not sure why i immediately associated to the poem, but in it she’s observing a grasshopper, expressing her admiration for this creature; then acknowledges she doesn’t ‘know exactly what a prayer is’ but does know ‘how to pay attention, how to fall down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed….’ and she ends with this line: ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’

  2. Ann C. Schmidt says:

    Very funny and true


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