One morning last week while I was driving to the office a song came on the radio which caught my attention.  The artist is Jason Mraz and the song is “Look for the Good.” (It’s also the title of his new studio album.) The song “Look for the Good” is steeped in a reggae, groove-orientated vibe, with as the title implies, positive affirmations. The reviews however are mixed and as one stated “for cynical listeners, this song makes you cringe.”  But the notion of “looking for the good” tarried with me.
Let me say that I believe one’s behavior is a reflection of one’s essential being.  I’m not suggesting that “looking for the good” means making excuses for the impacts of bad behavior or choices. I’ll argue that “looking for the good” by excusing the “bad” is inconsistent with a definition of good. (We can have some fun with that one!) When we choose the “bad”, it cannot be excused, overlooked or dismissed by “looking for the good.” (Glad I could cleared that up with such clarity.)
But what if it’s not an intentional bad choice?  What if it’s about the ordinary – the everyday? Do you look for good in your daily living?  Do you see the goodness in life?  It’s been said that, “when you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” There seems to be some wisdom in that belief.
Part of me believes that looking and then seeing the good in the everyday is life-giving. It’s life-giving because it helps one focus on being grateful.  In these days where there is such much disconnection, disruption and disparity, “looking for the good” is a better way to live.

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 37:3-5
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

Reflection Questions:
What does “looking for the good” mean to you?
Do you see the goodness in your life?
What does “doing good” mean to you?

Prayer: Holy God, you desire goodness to fill me and follow me all my days. Open my eyes to behold the good that I can choose.  Open my heart to see the good that surrounds me and let me take delight in you. Amen.

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