In my Bible study group this week, the leader talked about faithfulness – doing the right thing, over and over and over and over and over. Even without noticeable results. Just doing the right thing because it is the right thing.
Easier said than done.
As an example she shared a story of her younger days, when their family was trying to save money, and she would go to the grocery store and buy chicken that was on sale. Limit three per family. But in addition to the three she was purchasing, she gave money to her children, sent them to separate checkout lines with three chickens each, and got a great deal to feed her family. Only it wasn’t the right thing. She said she realized that she was stealing those chickens from the store because she wasn’t doing the right thing. And she did it even though she knew it was wrong. She repeated parts of this story over and over and over and over.
Overkill, I thought. Or maybe not.
Yesterday I was ready to post my slice and I discovered that today’s SOLC#29 was already available for posting. I checked the date and found it was still the 28th. In my time zone. Ah, but the SOLC rules state clearly to post by midnight Eastern Time. I posted yesterday’s slice on the 28th, but when it comes time to turn in our names if we wrote every day, I can’t do that. I didn’t technically follow the rules.
It isn’t the right thing to do.
Today I spoke with a friend whose supervisor asked her to do something that she had originally agreed to, but had recently provoked second thoughts. As she discussed it with a couple of other coworkers, they came to an agreement that it would violate copyright laws. It wasn’t easy to tell the supervisor that she wouldn’t do it, especially when the boss became defensive and made it clear she was disappointed with my friend AND that she didn’t see anything wrong with it. But my friend expressed herself well in a written statement that she wouldn’t be able to do this task.
That was the right thing to do!
Those small little things that seem so trivial creep into our thoughts and can set a pattern of poor choices if we don’t ALWAYS do the right thing. Over and over and over and over. NOT overkill. Those right decisions set the foundation of a strong character that makes it easier to make better decisions in the future.
A worthwhile lesson repeated in several situations. It must be the right thing.