Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. – 1 Peter 3:13-16a
In our world today, this seems often to be a topic foremost in our minds. Doing what is right even when it’s hard or when others try to intimidate us to do otherwise. Lately it seems we are pulled in every direction and it’s hard anymore to know what is right and what is good.
If we do THIS, we are being controlled by the government, if we don’t do it then we aren’t being kind and considerate to others. How do we know what to do anymore? Maybe the way to decide is to ask ourselves, if I do this, am I thinking of myself or others? If I’m thinking of doing right by those around me, then I think it’s safe to say that it is the right thing.
You’ve heard the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Sometimes that is so true, but I like to think God’s got my back. If I’m doing what is good, what is compassionate, kind, caring and loving, then I can know that God is with me and in those very acts.
It’s a confusing, scary world out there. Be with us and help us to do what is right in your eyes. Amen.