Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;
who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors
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I have written a number of recommendation letters for people seeking scholarships or jobs. I met a corporate headhunter once and ask him if there were words or phrases in those letters that tended to help or hurt potential candidates. He told me that the kiss of death on performance review or recommendation form was the phrase "lacks common sense." It strikes me that the life to which God is urging us to live is one that just seems to be filled with common sense. Take responsibility. Do what is right. Tell the truth. Don't lie about or hurt other people, especially your friends and neighbors. Makes sense but we don't heed it with the vigor and intentionality it requires. What if we wore labels like "lacks common sense" or "Warning: does not play well with others." It wouldn't solve anything and leave us all lonely. The alternative is choosing to live with others in the presence of the Lord - imperfect, yes - but willing to accept the common sense of the house rules.
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Forgive me, Lord, and grant me your grace so that I might try again. Amen.