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Make the Right Choice Anyway

When I worked as a teacher, the staff participated in an annual walk-a-thon to raise funds for various charities. My first year working there, I was asked to help.

“Of course! Tell me what I can do.” That was a no-brainer. The event was for a good cause, and I was new. I needed to make a good impression on the rest of the staff.

A week later, it was time to sign up and put down money, but I had since found out the charity we were walking for supported embryonic stem cell research. I could no longer support this cause. Yet if I backed out, I would risk alienating myself from the rest of the staff.

Today we hear the story of Herod’s crossroads. He regretted promising to grant any wish of his step-daughter—especially in front of his guests. Yet his reputation was on the line. So he caved. He knew what he was doing was wrong and instead of doing the right thing, he bent under the weight of his own pride.

That day sitting in the journalism lab and taking back my promise to help my coworkers was embarrassing. I hated having to say no. And, you know what, it did alienate me from the other teachers. There was no immediate happy ending to my small moment of bravery.

I think the lesson is that we must make the right choice anyway.

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This commentary on Saint John the Baptist and Saint Augustine ties in their courage to stand for unpopular beliefs.

Jenna Hines has a teeny army of four children and is married to a bearded fellow named Mike. They are a homeschooling family who just moved out to the country. Find her books and illustrations in her shopYou can find out more about her here

10 Comments

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    JL
    August 3, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I want you to know that the Lord used you to speak directly to me today. I needed this and I thank you.

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      Jenna Hines
      August 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      I’m so honored he did – thank you for listening xoxo

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    Stephanie
    August 3, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Thanks, Jenna, for the link to the commentary at the end of your reflection! It was clear and concise reading, with a solid explanation of the gender identity crisis.

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      Jenna Hines
      August 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      The team here is always flooding us with such solid resources. I love them too!

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    Mary
    August 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Thank you, Jenna. This is a good reminder. We answer to God and not to others. It can be challenging to stand up when we need to, but we can remember Christ’s sacrifice for us and that will give us courage. We need to keep our eyes on Him and not on others or ourselves.

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      Jenna Hines
      August 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Amen, Mary! So easy to say, but we need His grace to do it!

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    Julia
    August 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Proud of you for taking that stand, Jenna. It is so hard. Our office was doing a breast cancer walk and everyone was donating and participating. My boss’ wife and I had both had breast cancer and I had participated the year before. BUT I found out the organization gave money to Planned Parenthood and I had to say that I couldn’t participate any longer. Some people understood and others didn’t appreciate my stand. I took comfort in knowing I was doing the right thing anyway but it was awkward for a little while. I think in the long run, most admired by willingness to live my faith even if they didn’t completely understand.

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      Jenna Hines
      August 6, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Yes! So you know exactly how I feel – and you even have a much more personal connection. Bravo for your bravery.

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    Christi
    August 5, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Thank you – thank you for standing up for what is right! I pray that when I am put in the same situation, I will respond with the same bravery that you did. God bless you for your courage and for speaking truth!

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      Jenna Hines
      August 6, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      You know, I don’t know that I would have the courage left to my own devices. The Spirit is the real hero!

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