Help Us Do The Right Thing

I saw the red lights from the brakes lit up as this car moved forward cautiously from our slightly sloped driveway. The night has not woken up yet from its deep slumber.

Few minutes ago, I held the driver of that car’s hands. Feeling the roughness from the hands that worked hard daily, we joined hands in our daily morning prayer. I mumbled as if I had memorized his prayer and synchronized with his utterances. I never failed when these familiar whispers filled the family room’s corners:

“Help us to do the right thing…”

That was my husband. Rough hands that rounded up criminals at the wee hours of each morning.

“Change your prayers,” I remember once telling him (How quick of me to criticize thinking that his prayer was redundant!). Only to give him an apology much later…

It’s because I should have respected his petition. And that is his ultimate request each time. For God to help us do the right thing. Looking around, that’s what’s lacking it seems. People are not choosing to do the right thing.

This morning’s prayer was different. I echoed his petition loudly from my heart and was becoming my heart’s cry, too…

If people from work would do the right thing, I wouldn’t have this battle that I had been in regarding my position for over a year now.

If people from the government would do the right thing, we wouldn’t have difficulty choosing the best candidate to lead this nation or any local and national part of the government knowing each candidate if doing the right thing, will not utter promises that sound empty.

If people from different backgrounds would only do the right thing, we wouldn’t hear about hate crimes.

If people would only do the right thing, there would be happier families, solid marriages, kids growing up with respect and love for God and others.

If people would only do the right thing, we wouldn’t know what ‘bullying’ means. What rape means. What abuse means.

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Overcrowding in every prisons wouldn't be a problem if each of those incarcerated individuals had done one thing: TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

If people choose to do the right thing, the first step is to “pray, seek God’s face and turn from wicked ways” and God promised to hear from heaven and forgive the people’s sins and restore their land.

And with each coming day, I will never get tired whispering in prayers as I join my husband to ask God to help us do the right thing. I dare not ask my husband to change that prayer for that is the daily battles we all  face: our own decision-making. May God increase my sorrow, to hate the sins the way He hates them, and my spirit to strive for the righteousness that He wants because He is a Holy God.

How awesome it would be if my hands get calloused by folding them in prayers incessantly as I ask God to help my family and I to always help us do the right thing. Daily. Even as we are facing huge mountains of trials. And that is my prayer for each and every one of you.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

10 comments:

  1. Doing the right thing is indeed a prayer we should all have each day.

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  2. Awesome post, dear Rosel. That prayer is heartfelt, and I echo that prayer today, too!

    With love and thanksgiving for you...

    You are on the right track, and never alone!

    Love
    Lidia

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  3. I want to emphasize the personal pronoun "I". Ezekiel 36:25-27....."Then "I" will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; "I" will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, "I" will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and "I" will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, (one that will respond to spiritual stimili). "I" will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

    Looks like "we" are in pretty good hands to do the right thing:-) He who began a good work...will finish it!!

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  4. I feel truly blessed to be your friend.

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  5. My husband and I pray differently - and over the years we each are learning to find blessing in those differences. Your idea of getting praying hands being calloused from prayer - simply visually inspiring.Amen to help us do the right thing.Amen to praying continually!!! So glad God hears each prayer:)

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  6. Finally I found a way to post on here via mobile. So heartfelt and so true. I must say I even muffled this prayer as I was reading this. Thanks for all tout inspirational posts, very inspiring. I am even crying right now. My God, You're so awesome in all your ways and we can do right if we just trust You and simply ask You. He's just that awesome and there is no other reason for us not to right unless we really don't want to because His strength is perfect.

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  7. Praying for you, for me, for all of us, that God would help us to do the right thing.

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  8. I told my children many times...just do the right thing! Your words are so descriptive ..."calloused hands from praying ♥"

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  9. Hi rcubes -

    Those simple words are so meaningful and necessary for us to indeed do the right things.

    Thank you for sharing this rich piece, dear lady of GOD!

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  10. Just wanted to stop and say "hi". Lovely post. Keep sharing HIS Love. xoxoxo

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