Thursday, May 7, 2009

Life Skills 101

College classes that are at the basic level are labeled 101. When I read Psalm 101 this morning, it seemed like a good way to remember it. I am calling it the basic Life Skills class 101.
So, for three credits, read on...

Psalm 101
A David Psalm

1 -8 My theme song is God's love and justice,
and I'm singing it right to you, God.
I'm finding my way down the road of right living,
but how long before you show up?
I'm doing the very best I can,
and I'm doing it at home, where it counts.
I refuse to take a second look
at corrupting people and degrading things.
I reject made-in-Canaan gods,
stay clear of contamination.
The crooked in heart keep their distance;
I refuse to shake hands with those who plan evil.
I put a gag on the gossip
who bad-mouths his neighbor;
I can't stand arrogance.
But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people—
they're the ones I want working with me;
Men and women on the straight and narrow—
these are the ones I want at my side.
But no one who traffics in lies
gets a job with me; I have no patience with liars.
I've rounded up all the wicked like cattle
and herded them right out of the country.
I purged God's city
of all who make a business of evil.
Life Skills 101
(From Psalm 101)
  1. God is the center of my life.
  2. My goal is to live right
  3. Right living shows itself at home first
  4. I refuse to contaminate myself
  5. No association with the crooked in heart and those that plan evil.
  6. No gossip is promoted or even accepted
  7. Pride will not be a part of my life.
  8. I will associate with, and work with: honest, humble, straight, people-of-integrity
  9. No liars. No association. Don't want to hang out with them. Don't want them working for me or around me.
  10. The wicked and the evil are not accepted, allowed, promoted or tolerated in my sphere.

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