Monday January 30, 2023 – Do we know what ‘the right thing’ is?

Joshua 23:11  So be very careful to love the LORD your God.

I once was able to attend a meeting in which the author Stephen Covey spoke (7 Habits of Highly Effective People).  There was a large crowd and the hall that he spoke in was in the round.  He was in the center and the crowd surrounded him.  He asked everyone to raise their arm and point in the direction that they thought was north.  There were people pointing in all manner of directions.

He proceeded to place a compass on an overhead projector and was able to identify which way was north.  He made a comment that has always stuck with me.  He noted that, “Which direction is north is not subject to public opinion!”  It is what it is and we cannot change it.  Life is filled with principles that are true.

Some time ago a newspaper, The Tennessean, had an article on cheating with cell phones in high schools and colleges.  The writer (Jennifer Brooks) noted “In one recent study, more than a third of teens with cell phones admit to using them to cheat, at least once.  Half of them admit to cheating with the help of the Internet.  Worse, the survey released by Common Sense Media two years earlier found that many of the students saw nothing wrong with their actions.”

Think about that last sentence – students cheating and seeing nothing wrong with their actions.  Even more distressing is the whole-hearted embrace of sexual impurity and immorality by society.  Compounding the problem are decisions from courts and legislatures that call evil good and good evil.  From God’s perspective, sin is sin.  Our opinion doesn’t change the fact.  We are surrounded by a culture that okays all manner of behavior that is incompatible with loving God.

I am reminded of a wonderful article by Rick Reilly of two 11-year-old twins who were hockey players and their family.  He wrote about an event that happened to them and the article is titled Doing The Right Thing.  Honesty was more important to them than keeping the $50,000 prize that was won.  Think about the title of his article.  This is the very point we are dealing with.   Who or what in our lives determines what “the right thing” is?

That is the beauty of becoming passionate about loving Him.  We recognize our utter dependence upon His Spirit and Scripture to instruct us how to do it.  We want our lives filled with righteous thoughts, attitudes and actions.  We want our eyes open to see things in our lives that shouldn’t be there – some of which we might think are okay, but in God’s sight they’re not.  He gives us the grace to repent and change.  Loving Him is to be our passion and goal.

Note:  Here is the link to Rick’s article:


About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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