Doing the Right Thing, Not Always Easy [Always Worth It]
Even if you have to suffer for doing good things, God will bless you. So stop being afraid and don’t worry about what people might do. – 1 Peter 3:14 (CEV)
Do you worry about what other people think of you? Do you shrink back from doing something because people might stare? Because people might wonder?
It’s not easy to do the right thing when it means sticking your neck out or standing out from the crowd. Sometimes standing for what is right can leave you feeling like you’re standing all alone. (But the truth is you are never alone. I am always with you.)
Imagine that awkward moment at work when the boss tells a racist joke, many of your co-worker will laugh along just because they want to be liked by their manager. What will you do?
Or imagine the woman in front of you at the grocery store, she’s holding up the whole line because she doesn’t have enough money to pay for her groceries, and her hair is ratty, her clothes old and full of holes. Most of the others look away or mumble under their breath. What will you do?
Every day you are given opportunities, big and little, to stand for what is right. Choosing to do the right thing is called righteousness (literally right-wise-ness.) I have called my people to a righteous type of life. A life that chooses to do what is right, to take the stand, to be loving when hate or apathy are easier.
When you live this way, you may come up against opposition from others, but don’t pay attention to them. Don’t worry about what spiteful or lazy people think. I will bless you for doing what is right. And I will give you the strength you need to continue to choose righteousness in your life.
Choose to follow me. Choose to take the opportunities that come to you today. Stand up for what is right.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
2 — Write out (or put a reminder into your phone) Galatians 6:9-10 “Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up. We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord.“ (CEV) Come back to this verse each day this week as you strive to do what is right.
3 — God understands that on our own we can never be 100% righteous. That is why Jesus died on the cross, so that we might share in his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21.) Having a relationship with God makes this possible. If you haven’t begun a relationship with him talk with one of our friends at NeedHim.org or call 888-NEED-HIM to find out how you can.