Last week in Sunday School class, we had a lesson about ways in which we put others or the world before God. Class members offered ideas. As they did so, I thought of one serious way in which I put others and the world before God: when I have the opportunity to stand up for the right and say something is wrong, I frequently do not take it.
Why? Because I fear offending others. Because I'm afraid of appearing to be a "goody-goody." Because I'm afraid I'll sound stupid or self-righteous or any number of other things. None of these are sufficient reason to push the Lord aside and to cater to the precepts of the world.
Maybe it's time I stood up for what is right, for what is true.
Joy for today: standing up and standing firm.