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Doing the Right Thing Makes You Who You Are or Aren’t, Who You Will Be or Not Be

Recently, I was pulling into the parking lot of my gym. It was late and I was driving my wife’s car. Without going into detail, let’s just say I inadvertently tapped the car in front of me as I pulled into the space (ok, a little detail: from a dead stop, I just failed to put it in park…).

I checked to see if there was any damage. There shouldn’t be, I thought to myself, as it was only a three-mile-per-hour bump. It was dark, and though I did not see any evidence of the love tap, I felt I had to do the right thing. Going inside, I got some paper from the front desk and left a note with my name and phone number. I did this not because someone may have seen it, but it was simply the right thing to do.

I feel strongly about this. So much so, chapter four of my book, 12 Jars: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, is about “doing the right thing.” As mentioned in the chapter:

“Our conduct and actions speak volumes about the person we are

and the one we will someday be. They are a revealing sign of our

morals, ethics, and values.”

The two young men working at the fitness facility initially told me to not worry about it. But what I told them was this: I have to do the right thing. It’s not because someone may have seen me do it; it is that I know I did it.

In life, we have to be responsible for our actions. Doing the right thing is a big part of that. As the quote from the book above states, how we conduct ourselves has a lot to do with who we are and who we will one day be. I want to be a person whose morals, ethics, and values are uncompromised. I want the future me to thank the past me.

Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do and not do it.

– James 4:17

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