Doing the right thing is never easy, but must be done. . .

“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth”
Thomas Fuller

“There are stars who’s light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart. There are people who’s remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.”
The Talmud

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Dante Alighieri

(a tiger swallowtail visits the sedum / Julie Cook / 2015)

Ever since we were young, we were always told to “do the right thing”. . .
It seemed to be so much easier when we were younger. . .

As we aged, growing older and it doesn’t appear much wiser, the right thing seemed to become a bit blurry, out of focus and at times, difficult to discern.
We became pressed with increasing dilemmas.
The “right thing” could at times be hurtful to ourselves or worse, to others. . .
It became too much and overwhelming, it turned out to be more than we could bear.
It often seemed as if our very lives could fall into jeopardy over this whole doing the right thing business.
What were we to do?
What were our choices?
Doing the right thing became harder as doing not the right thing became easier.
“What’s a little fudging here and there” we’d rationalize.
We found ourselves justifying what they don’t know won’t hurt them, or rather, we meant us, as in ourselves.
A blind eye, became key.
Turning the proverbial blind eye to the those trivial details known as facts became common place.
Got the ol head stuck down in the sand, looking the other way and ignoring it all, hoping it would all just go away, leaving us and everyone else alone.

Complacency became our safe and happy place, our easy way out.

Yet the stakes, while we were busy not watching, have snuck in under the wire, growing bigger and higher.

To ignore it would be criminal.
To wish it all away, impossible.
To pretend it doesn’t exist, damning.

The children are dying and the world is bleeding and we can no longer afford not doing the right thing. . .


“A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of an unidentified migrant child, lifting it from the sea shore, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, Turkey, early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. A number of migrants are known to have died and some are still reported missing, after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized.
(both images courtesy AP)

Full story:

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in you
Deuteronomy 15:11

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
1 John 3:17

14 comments on “Doing the right thing is never easy, but must be done. . .

    • Vincent, please know that I greatly appreciate your reblogging some of the things I write—this story in particular seems to be so utterly important on a global scale–I feel so helpless reading the news stories—but maybe raising awareness to our Christian responsibility of seeing Christ in all the faces of those who suffer is what I can offer to others—
      thank you for helping in that regard—

      • You’re very welcome Julie! I agree, raising awareness to our Christian Brothers and Sisters is required; with the hope one, some and/or all become motivated to take action. I’m glad I found your WordPress blog. God richly bless you and yours!

  1. Lynda says:

    Yes, Julie, the entire world has a responsibility to help each other. May we meet this responsibility as we see Christ in each hurting person.

  2. What a tragic, tragic thing. And yet I’m so tired tonight all I can do is cry as I look at the image of that dead child. Maybe for now that is the right thing for me. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • I debated adding the images of the little boy—but I think these images of just one tragic death encapsulates this entire mess with such strength that it could be what jolts the reluctant politicians and governing officials to some sort of positive action—the those of us of the global Christian community to the unity found in “doing unto others”. . .
      prayers continue for your sister and brother-n-law!!

  3. ColorStorm says:

    All three pics tell quite a story jewels.

    The butterfly and the hope of newness of life with a child, all made possible by the ‘Father’ caring for the lifeless.

    Thank God for hope in the midst of a world gone sideways.

  4. I think of the Scripture from Matthew, “Blessed are the mourners for they shall be comforted” and I pray for that comfort for the world of grief and pain in which so many live. The very idea that comfort will come because of the pain and is therefore a blessing that will exceed all pain is difficult to imagine. Bless you Cookie for the empathy of your heart. His blessings will extend to those who

    • Thank you Marie–you are so correct–for God will indeed comfort all who mourn—and there is comfort in knowing that despite our limited vision of seeing just the now—He sees beyond and is not only here with us in the present but He has gone ahead of us into the unknown future—
      Hugs and blessing for your weekend—Julie

  5. A beautiful comment Julie. You are very wise.

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