Just do the next right thing

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” Ruth 2:20 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Just do the next right thing”
In the Old Testament book of Ruth, we find the story of Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. Naomi was a Jewish woman who lived in the land of Moab with her husband and two sons. Tragically, the husband and both sons died, leaving Naomi and her daughters-in-law in dire straits. Eventually Naomi and one of those daughters-in-law, Ruth, returned to Naomi’s homeland in Bethlehem, homeless and destitute.
When they got there, Ruth encountered a man named Boaz, who was a wealthy landowner and a distant relative of Naomi’s. Boaz had compassion on the women, he gave Ruth a job working in his fields, and he provided for them in other ways as well. Eventually Boaz married Ruth, had children with her, and they became part of the long line of descendants that eventually led to Jesus. 
The editors of the “Every Man’s Bible” noted that Boaz didn’t really do anything exceptional or extraordinary, he simply showed kindness and compassion to people in need. And out of that, the story that led to the birth of Jesus advanced in history. “God didn’t ask Boaz to be a hero, just to do what was right.” That’s true for us too. God isn’t asking us to single-handedly save the world, He’s just asking us to do the next right thing as we go through our days.
This brings us back to the story from yesterday’s devotional about those two police officers who are making a real difference simply by doing their jobs and doing them well. Their commitment to making a positive difference one person at a time, one situation at a time, is exactly the approach we should take too. Just be a person of character and integrity, honoring God and blessing others as you go through your days.
God isn’t asking you to be a hero. Just do the next right thing.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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