The latest conversation within the Wismer household was a discussion as to where the wireless router is to be placed. The placement is strategic or aesthetic or perhaps merely a practical one. The smartest Wismer isn’t participating in the conversation. The conversation is necessary because – wait for it – the new kitchen cabinets will be higher than the original ones, resulting in the need of a ladder to reboot when there is a problem with the router. An edict has been pronounced.  We (Karen has now joined the club) are no longer authorized to get on a ladder. (What they don’t know won’t hurt or agitate them.) We’re having quite a controversy.  Okay, and I bet you won’t really be surprised but truthfully, the reading for today has nothing to do about ladders.  However, the reference to ladders reminded me of a quote by the American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion Thomas Merton who said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”  This insight has found its way into my memory. I have come to realize (which I am not exactly proud of) that sometimes I use this insight to judge others guilty of leaning against the wrong wall and having wrong priorities – living the wrong kind of life.  Success for the wrong reasons or in the wrong way is not success, at least not by my definition.  I constantly reflect on the question, “How am I succeeding in living my best life?” I ask the question immersed in my belief system, particularly as one beloved of Christ.  So, as you journey through this day – lean yourself on the strength of One who makes all the difference.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:40
“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Reflection Questions:
What are you leaning against?
How do you define success?
How are you succeeding in living your best life?

Prayer: Holy God, help me succeed in living my best life – the kind of life you desire for me.  Fill me with your goodness and let me lean on you.  Amen.