The Right Time to Do Right
On Sunday morning, we will all share in the Daylight Savings ritual of turning our clocks back and gaining an hour. It’s a bit of slight-of-hand that brings an hour of daylight from the end of the day and adds it to the morning.
Is it useful? Well, that’s the question that has been constantly debated since the tradition started in the early part of the 20th century.
Enterprising groups have latched on to the time change to promote changing the batteries in smoke detectors , updating emergency kits, cleaning out the pantry and even flipping your mattress!
I’d like to promote a suggestion, too.
Speaking to a group of college students in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “It is always the right time to do right.” It is a maxim that has been restated many times – but has not lost any of its power or truthfulness. But sometimes it can be hard to know what right thing that we are being called to do right now.
So this year, may I make a suggestion for your extra time on Sunday morning? With the call-to-action of Dr. King in mind, take some moments to reflect on the ancient wisdom of this text: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8, NKJV)
As we work side by side together to fulfill our Mission, we are called to “do right” in a very special way – to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. And as we strive to do so, we can be guided by those three requirements from the Bible: to act with justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.
Just as we take a moment to ensure our clocks are correct, we can also seize this opportunity to ensure we are in alignment with God – and so best able to do right at the right time.