Not the easy thing

If you think of someone who is “strong,” who comes to mind?

I’m not talking about physical strength. (Although that can be good too.) I’m thinking about being steadfast. I’m thinking about someone who…

Trusts God no matter what
Gets body-checked but doesn’t stay down
Shares wisdom about life
Offers help in a practical way
Is there when you need them most

Wouldn’t it be great to be that person to somebody else?

I think that—if you call on God’s strength and do certain things—you can be.

One of those things has to do with treating your daily decisions and circumstances like training.

Every day, “little” decisions and circumstances come your way. They’re like a fork in the road. Do you do the right thing, or the easy thing?

Strong people do the right thing, not the easy thing.

Maybe it’s cutting gossip off at the pass. Maybe it’s offering help to a friend when you’d rather plunk down on the couch for your favourite sitcom. Whatever it is, when you do the right thing, not only are you living out God’s light in the here and now, but you’re training yourself for bigger decisions and circumstances that could come at you in the future.

When they do, it will feel more natural to do the right thing because you’ve been training yourself day after day.

In Philippians 4:8 Paul tells his readers to think about and focus on “whatever is right.” Why do they have to make the effort? Because it’s way too easy to slide the other way.

People who are physically strong train. In the same way, people who are mentally and spiritually strong also train. And they do it through their decisions and circumstances every day.

That can be you.

Whether you know it or not, you impact people every single day. So muscle up.

Strong people do the right thing, not the easy thing.

By Matthew Ruttan

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