What is the right thing? I have asked myself that question more times in my life than I can count. No doubt that it is hard living in a society where the definition of the right thing can be counter to what God wants for us. Sometimes it is easy to do the right thing, and other times it takes every ounce of courage within you.
If you do not regularly seek guidance from God's word, then your decision-making process will become flawed. Now that I read my Bible daily, it is easier for me to make the right decision when times get tough. Instead of resorting to emotions and listening to what others want, I have a firm foundation in what is expected of me. One of the most important things gained by having a strong foundation is that you become a leader to others. People around you are quietly seeking guidance for their lives. They watch what you do and how you conduct yourself, and they try to mirror you. Just take a look at your children, your spouse or your neighbors. Your actions are always being followed.
Doing the right thing when everyone else is wrong.
Just like myself, you may find yourself in situations where everyone is doing something against what God wants. Sometimes God puts you in these situations to challenge you. When you are tested, look at it as an opportunity to seek God's council and fulfill his will. There are other times where God will challenge your endurance. Ever heard the saying if it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger? We become stronger Christians when we go through trials.
The closer we get to God, the more desire we have inside to please him. Instead of doing what is convenient for us, we turn our focus over to pleasing him. Nothing is gained in short-term self-satisfaction when at the end of the day you feel empty inside. Doing the right thing in God's eyes will always yield a better outcome. I will leave you with this verse from James.
James 4:17 NASB Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.