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Do the Right Thing

The Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat for the NBA championship years ago. Sure , the final was just played in June, but it was won long before that.

None of the Nuggets just started playing basketball in June. Those few minutes of glory were the culmination of years of doing the right thing. Players showed up for practice when their buddies skipped. They stayed on their high school team when others dropped out. They ate broccoli when a Pop Tart looked tastier. They hit the weight room when they would rather hit a golf ball. In countless seemingly inconsequential situations, they did the right thing.

Great victories come from small, consistent habits. Success in the big game results from doing the right thing in daily decisions. Our challenge is not in knowing the right thing to do, but in doing it.

It’s not the big decisions that trip us up. People don’t go to hell overnight. Nobody dives into the lake of fire. Nobody schedules a date to become a drug addict. Nobody plans at the wedding to have an affair five years later. Those things happen as the result of a long series of daily decisions to do the wrong thing.

The good news is that it’s also small steps that lead to paradise. The tree grows from the seed. What we plant daily determines what we produce in our lives.

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. In fact, the wrong thing is almost always easier. The right thing requires work. Sometimes it’s boring, or costly. But it is crucial to success.

Solomon wrote, “A sluggard does not plow in season” (Proverbs 20:4). It’s not hard to understand why “In season” means it’s hot. Plowing is hard, tedious work! Who wouldn’t rather take a nap or go fishing?

But the rest of the verse is crucial. “So at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.”

He looks. He hopes somehow sweet strawberries will have magically sprouted in his unplanted field. But, it never happens. He gets only what he plants and what he plows. He reaps the harvest of his daily decisions.

So do we. If we want success, we must develop the habit of doing the right thing in every situation, even the ones that seem small.

Championships are won years before they are played. The world we inhabit is the product of our habits. Do the right things. At harvest time, you will actually find a harvest.


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