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A taxi driver making the right choice


Many children of God miss the point by thinking that they have to try their best not to sin. Every morning when they get up, they pray hard that they won’t be trapped by the wily world and that they will remain standing against the stormy winds of evil.

And when they get home from work and fall down on the couch, they feel good about sidestepping the temptations of life. But they’re actually missing the point, because keeping away from sin is just one side of the coin. The other side is that we need to look for places to do good. Places where we can make a difference in people’s lives.

We must try consciously to live within the will of God: 11But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy.

Do your best, try really hard, put energy into living a life that’s right. ‘Righteous’ simply means to live right. Every day we stand at the crossroads where we have to make a choice, mostly a choice between right and wrong.

In the business world we have to choose between taking the money under the counter or not. In our relationships we have to choose whether we are going to lose our temper or not. Will we remain faithful to our partner or not? Will we drive within the speed limit? Are we going to take things that belong to others? Are we going to steal our employer’s time? Are we going to visit that 18 and older website or not? Are we going to help the person in need? Are we going to get up from the couch and help the neighbours who are struggling?

What is the right thing to do?

Every day we face a multitude of choices to do the right thing.

Listen to Alwyn’s story:

Last year, we went to ride the Amashova cycle race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

To make a long story short, when we got to the starting point, my wife’s bike was no longer on the trailer! Somewhere along the road her bike came loose and fell off – only the front wheel was left.

I had put a sicker with my name and cell number on the bike in case something happened to my wife while she was cycling.

Later that day, when the race was done, I received a call. A man had picked up a bike on the highway. Missing the front wheel. He looked for the cyclist in the bushes along the road, but couldn’t find anybody.

We arranged to meet at a specific location. How surprised we were to find a taxi driver taking our bike form his taxi and returning it to us …

I wonder how big the smile on God’s face was when Alwyn and his wife stopped and saw the taxi’s door opening and here comes her bike without its front wheel. That was the right thing to do, wasn’t it!

May God help us to, like the taxi driver, make the right choice every time. May God help us to choose consciously to do the right thing. The whole day long!

Scripture
1 Timothy 6:11-12

Reflection
Do you always choose right?
What are you struggling with?
What do you have to do differently?

Prayer
Lord, it’s not always easy to make the right choice. Please help me to be obedient when your Holy Spirit whispers inside me. Amen.

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