Showing posts with label Biblical model. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biblical model. Show all posts

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dead Skunks and Right Choices

Long, long ago (back when the dimmer switch was on the floorboard where it still ought to be) when I was only 15 years old and had just obtained my learner’s permit, one of my uncles let me drive the car on an old country road that had two ditches, no shoulders, and barely two lanes. I was trucking right along as happy as could be when we approached a little kid riding his bicycle along the right side of the roadway. I eased the car to the left and, just at the last minute, saw a dead skunk in the road. I knew I had a quick decision to make, so I weighed the consequences and ultimately decided to hit the skunk and not the kid. The smell permeated the car almost instantly. My uncle looked at me and asked without any hesitation,  “Why did you do that?!” I replied, “It was either hit the skunk or the kid!” His reply was very simple and to the point, “Next time hit the kid.” Not another word was ever spoken regarding the incident, and to this day I’m not completely convinced that he was only kidding.

Unfortunately, we now live in an era when doing the right thing has fallen victim to doing what is the most expedient, profitable, or self-serving. But that is certainly not the Biblical model. The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to… “Fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19) Fighting the good fight is not something that comes naturally. It takes preparation (1 Timothy 4:7), the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), and a whole life commitment to the Word of God (2 Timothy 1:8).

It’s not always easy doing the right thing. In fact, as the above story illustrates, it can be down right stinky. But the stink wears off eventually, and you can at least live with a clear conscience. So as you face difficult choices this week, weigh the consequences and do the right thing, no matter the cost.

Have a blessed week! Soli Deo Gloria!