Doing The Right Thing

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:17,18

I have been trying to teach Carson and Chase the importance of doing the right thing.   The main issue we seem to have with them right now, is that they tend to act like brothers.  Brothers who are 9 and 10 years old.  Not a lot of maturity and a whole lot of competiveness.  And one is too smart for his own good and the other is too sweet.  So it makes for a very interesting mix.  But I’ve noticed this week that it has been a lot more peaceful around here.

 

On Monday, everyone was home together and the boys played in their room on their computer and building Legos, Bobby worked in the yard and I worked in my office.  And it was the best day!  No fussing. No bickering.  No reprimending.  Everyone was trying to do the right thing and as a result, peace flowed.

 

And it’s been like that every night since.  Tonight Carson was a little wound up, but then he confessed to eating a bunch of chocolate chip cookies, so we had to chalk up his hyperness to sugar and chocolate, not disobedience.  He was still trying to do the right thing, it was just extremely difficult for him to calm down.  And I had to explain to him that he needs to ask me before he eats a bunch of cookies late at night. 

 

Sidebar- the boys aren’t big eaters, so they don’t usually have to ask before they eat things, they know that we want them to eat, but  they still get a bit confused sometimes on what is good for them and when they should eat it.  Chocolate chip cookies right before bed – not such a good idea.

 

I was talking to a friend the other day about trying to do the right thing.  It is so difficult sometimes to actually do what we are supposed to do.  Yes, we talk a good talk, but when push comes to shove, it’s hard to live it.  I expressed the thought one time that I could be a perfect Christian if I lived in a little glass bubble and no one could mess with me.  Of course we know that is not true, but do you ever feel like that?

 

That if people would just stay out of your space, you would be just fine??

 

But that is never going to happen.  Because we live in this world of people, and there will always be stuff going on around us.  And we may not always like it or even agree with it, but regardless of the situations, we need to try to do the right thing — it will make your environment so much more peaceful.

 

Father, thank You for bringing the boys into this time when they are trying so hard to get along.  Thank You for the peace that comes when everyone works on getting along with each other.  No, it’s not always the easy thing, but it is always the right thing.  Help me Lord to try to do the right thing … everytime. 

I Love You Jesus.

     In Your Name I Pray,

     Amen

 

God Bless You!

Joyce

 

Submitted by:

     Joyce Schneider

     A Life Decision

     http://www.alifedecision.org

 

 

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