I found Paul Newman to be admirable. He was married to Joanne Woodward for 50 years. Was devoted to his children. Started a charity as a sideline that eventually gave over 80 million dollars away. I don't agree with everything he promoted, but I believe he lived an admirable life.
Les famous, but more admirable to me, was my dad. Honorable, faithful, self sacrificing, funny, handsome and talented. He poured out his life for others, and the results will be felt for generations.
Todays passage is loaded with meaning. The ideals God has for His people are laid out. He wants them to live good lives. Noble lives. Admirable lives. At the end of His statements He repeats, "I am God, your God." Personal. Alive. Involved. He calls us to holy living. Righteous living. Moral living. Because, "I am God, your God."
Toward the end of the reading, God exhorts them. He wants them to stand out. To be exceptional. To live better.
24 -26 "I've told you, remember, that you will possess their land that I'm giving to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am God, your God, who has distinguished you from the nations. So live like it... Live holy lives before me because I, God, am holy. I have distinguished you from the nations to be my very own."
As I reflect on my own life I feel I have fallen so short. Would others want to live as I?
I too, want to live an admirable life. A good life. A respected life. Why? Because God is real. God is personal. God is alive. "I am God, YOUR God."