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By Campus Pastor Brad Moe
“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” — 2 Thessalonians 3:13, NIV
Martin Luther King once said, “On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Convenience asks the question, ‘Is it expeditious?’ And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of convenience, but where they stand in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.”
Doing what is right in difficult situations in the workplace is a huge challenge. In his book God at Work, Ken Costa writes, “There are right and wrong choices … all the invented terms such as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘counterproductive’ are efforts to avoid the simple ethical fact that there is a right and wrong course of action.”
When facing a difficult situation, we need to remind ourselves that the first question we have to ask is, “What is the right thing to do?” And only then move to the second question, “What is the most caring, loving way to do it?”
Doing the right thing can mean making decisions that are not based on your own personal needs, that don't expand your popularity or enforce your personal beliefs. It means doing what is best for the greater or common good. We are prompted to do the right thing even when it’s not easy. Doing what is right does not necessarily lead to an easy life.
Of course, none of us gets it right all the time. We all make mistakes. We only grow in wisdom if we learn from our mistakes.
In today’s Scripture passage, Paul writes to the Thessalonians, “Never tire of doing what is right.” Jesus did not go for the easy or popular solution, but he always did the right thing. This is an important principle that runs throughout the entire Bible. And it just so happens to be one of our commitments as PHS employees as well – “to do what is right, because it is the right thing to do.”
About Pastor Brad Moe: I joined Presbyterian Homes in 2015 as the campus pastor at Founders Ridge and Interlude of Plymouth. I have also served at Valley Ridge and Orchard Path prior to retiring in December 2019. Now I am serving as an "On-Call Campus Pastor" for PHS to relieve campus pastors during vacation or illness or to fill an interim need. I live in Shoreview, MN, with my wife and often have grandkids visiting! When I’m not keeping busy with ministry at PHS, you can find me woodworking or fly-fishing!
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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