Blowing in the Wind

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From the window, my husband caught a glimpse of paper flying by. Our recyclables sailed over our lawn and on down the street. The wind had knocked over our recycling can and was in the process of emptying it. We ran outside and surveyed the situation. Our recyclables were lying on the street, tucked into neighbors’ landscape, clinging to fences and littering lawns. Not the type of introduction we wanted as the newest neighbors. We ran after the recyclables and traipsed through our neighbors’ yards. It was not fun, but it was the right thing to do. That morning, my Bible study was on 1 Peter 3. Verse 14 came to mind, “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.” I’m not saying that we “suffered” for chasing after our recyclables during a wind advisory. Nonetheless, the principle of that verse applied to our situation. We did the right thing. We could have ignored the recyclables that were now trash in our neighbors’ yards. How would they know it was us? It wasn’t our fault, the wind was crazy that morning. The paper would degrade over time. Lots of excuses to not do the right thing. What were the blessings? I met a new neighbor for the first time when I asked permission to enter her fenced-in backyard. It was a good reminder to be careful what I put in the recyclables. You never know where your “name” may end up. It prompted us to figure out a way to keep the can closed and secure. It was a legitimate mini-workout with wind resistance. Doing right more often than not, requires more of us: more time, more energy, more money and so forth. The bottom line is that doing right will cost us something. However, the cost and the suffering is not to be our focus. The resulting blessings of doing right serve as our hope and our motivation to persevere. It is Jesus’s way. It is our way as followers of Jesus.

 

1 Peter 3:14

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”

Hebrews 10:36

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

 

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7 thoughts on “Blowing in the Wind

    • D, Good to hear from you. I am catching up from a 9 day “unplugged” vacation with snowbird friends in Florida. I see that you have been busy over on your blog. I always smile and learn something new when I read your posts. Thanks for the compliment about my post as you know that I am an admirer of your descriptive writing.

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  1. George Petras

    This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes (specifically, one from Maimonides, the 12th-century philosopher and Torah scholar): “A single righteous act can tip the balance and make all the difference.” I’ve come to believe in that. Why not do The Right Thing?

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    • George, I love the quote that you shared. I would link it to Zechariah 4:10a, “For who has despised the day of small things?” We are to embrace the small things of life because they can become the significant things in life. Thanks for the additional insight.

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