Day: July 19, 2018


why is it so hard to do the right thing?

hydrangas from my mom's garden

I love it when I do the right thing. But I don’t always know the right thing to do and even when I do, I don’t always do it. (Just being real here.) And if I wait to decide what is the right thing, I might very well miss an opportunity. And the truth is, there isn’t always a”right” thing. It just might be just the “good” thing.

Mostly, I’m conflicted when:

I’m tired. (I’m hoping you’re like me so I don’t have to feel so guilty.)

When it interrupts my plans. (I hate to have my plans interrupted. Hey, don’t be so smug. I’ll bet you’re the same way.)er

When my feet hurt. (I have major foot problems.)

But most especially I hate it when I know that doing the right thing isn’t going to benefit me in any tangible way. There, I said it.

I’m self-centered at times. Yet, in the end:

I’m always glad when my compassion overrides my selfishness.

Is there anyone out there as conflicted as I am sometimes about doing the right thing?

Recently, I had the opportunity to do the “right” or ‘”good” thing as I determined it to be. No one saw me. No one knew about it. (That’s the best way.) But I immediately knew I had pleased God. For me, that was enough.

A number of years ago, I wrote that sometimes when I fall asleep at night, I’ve said to God, “Father, I think I put a smile on your face today.” Some might think that arrogant. I don’t. Why wouldn’t I want to make God smile? He certainly makes me smile often enough.

There is a saying I remind myself of often. I tried to find its source but I couldn’t.  It’s just another way of saying, “do the right thing’.

“Do as much good as you can,

 to as many people as you can,

in any way that you can.

for as long as you can”.

Is there anyone you need to do the right thing for today?  Or even a “good” thing. No matter how inconvenient, no matter how little you might be rewarded?

God bless and I hope you have a good day.


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