Priority of Righteousness

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Daily Reading: Ezra 10:1-44, 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 21:3

Daily Verse: “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Prov. 21:3

Priority of righteousness.

Doing the right thing matters to the Lord more than sacrificing for Him.  Sacrifice without obedience means nothing. Becoming more like Jesus means doing the right thing repeatedly.

“If it were easy, everyone would do it. Hard is what makes it great.” Jimmy Dugan, “A League of Their Own”

Hearing the above quote often in golf, I didn’t know its origin until now. A League of Their Own told the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which existed from 1943-1954 during WWII, saving Major League Baseball. Women stepped into men’s roles while they fought the war; not easy, but great.

Doing hard things makes them great. Consistently taking the high road, forgiving our offenses, praying for our offenders, giving cheerfully, and setting a Christ-like example takes work. Jesus went first and wants us to follow. God never said our journey wouldn’t have potholes; He promised it would.

Practice a do-it-again lifestyle, one right act at a time, and create a legacy.

Lord, forgive us for putting sacrifice before righteous living. Help us today do the right thing, then help us do it again and again. Let us shine our lights brightly as we pursue Jesus and become more like Him.  IJNIP. Amen

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