When Elijah Cummings died, they called him “a righteous man.”
Is there anything better to say than that about someone?
It’s made me think.
There’s a difference in righteousness and self-righteousness, and too often my self-righteousness negates my righteousness.
Synonyms for self-righteousness include sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, self-satisfied, pious, moralizing, preachy, unctuous, and even hypocritical. Oh my. Self-righteous is the opposite of humble.
That’s not who I want to be!
Righteous, on the other hand, means being ethical and virtuous. Synonyms include good, upright, upstanding, decent, worthy, principled, honorable, honest.
I’d a LOT rather be among the righteous.
Is it possible for a person to be both self-righteous and righteous at different times?
I hope so, because I know how self-righteous I can be, and I also know I am an ethical, honest, and principled person.
I need to practice recognizing and letting my self-righteousness go instead of indulging in the temporary (and destructive) pleasure it affords. It is definitely part of my baser self.
I want my righteousness to be what others know of me. I want to be my highest self.