Investigate my life, O God,
Â Â Â find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
Â Â Â get a clear picture of what I'm about;
See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong -
Â Â Â then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Psalm 139:23-24 (Message)
I've been reflecting on New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's fall from power after the revelation of a scandal with a prostitution ring. The easy thing to do would be to self-righteously condemn him for his big moral lapse.
But I've been thinking the way we could more productively use this event is to look deep within ourselves, and examine the ways in which we don't live up to our ideals. You or I might not have such a dramatic failing or anything that would get us into the headlines, but most of us have areas of our lives in which we fall short.
The psalmist asks God to search him and find what is wrong in him, and then guide him in the right paths. This is something we each need to do.
This is the text of my Friends in Christ weekly message for March 15, 2008. Anyone can subscribe to these email messages at the Friends in Christ Web site.