"When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy."
Why should a city rejoice when the tsaddaqim prosper? Because the tsaddaqim, because of their righteousness, share their blessings in every aspect of their lives and work towards justice and peace to bless their community and their world. It is not just about bringing God's love into the world, but also His justice, and His peace--all aspects of his kingdom, in little bits and pieces.
This is one of the books that has inspired my church to join other churches in calling its congregation to B.L.E.S.S. God, family and our community--Bless, Listen, Eat with, Speak and Sabbath/Celebrate.
I haven't even completed the book and feel so totally un-tsaddaqim. But I know the first step I can make: get out from behind my computer. Blogging so far hasn't taken up as much time as Facebook and certain computer games. How can I bless others as a tsaddaqim when I am tethered and distracted? I am not even living out my goal of being fully present for my family and kids.
The next step? Pray and ask God to give me the One place where He wants me to serve the community. This will be very challenging because my kids' activities seem to take a lot out of me and have both my husband and I running around town like bees. But I know that whatever God has planned for me and my family, He will give us what we need as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Him.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33