Given all the ways that our vision gets clouded, O Lord, it is difficult for us to know what is best.
Oh, we know the ideal—we know that it is best that we live our lives in the ways that befit worshipers of God, followers of Jesus Christ, and recipients of the Holy Spirit—and we believe that we can live in those ways much more than we do.
But we also know that we all too often settle for far less than the ideal, that we live as servants of our impulses toward self-protection and self-gratification rather than as servants of the One who showed us your way of self-abandonment and self-sacrifice.
So today, O Lord, help us to grow away from our human common denominator and to grow toward your ideal.
Give us the desire to move away from the worst.
Give us the initiative to move toward the best.
Give us the grace to live in the better.