My two children are 10 & 12. This past week we have been (again) teaching them about doing the right thing regardless of how they feel. We believe one of our greatest responsibilities is to teach them how to be character driven vs. emotional driven. God continues to teach me about this principle.
Sometimes the greatest hindrance to following Jesus is not doing a bad thing but choosing a good thing over the right thing. Living in Alabama in a neighborhood we loved was a good thing. Loving your neighbors is a good thing. Life in Madison was comfortable. Having good friends for years and family close by is a good thing. Living near many great schools when you have children is a good thing. But the right thing for us was giving it all up and risking it all by jumping into the fear of the unknown. For us this was moving to NYC to church plant on Staten Island.
Maybe for you the right thing is going back to college, changing jobs, going to drug rehab, breaking up with that guy who does not love Jesus the way you do, or deciding not to divorce your husband and recommit to work through those tough issues. Maybe the right thing is making the decision to get some professional counseling to help you overcome those “things” that keep coming up in your life. Maybe it is setting boundaries with those people in your life that are are negative and tear you down. Maybe doing the right thing for you is going to a different church, or a different ministry. As long as we are alive God will lead us to make decisions that will move us in the direction he desires. What has the Lord been nudging you to do? Are you doing the right thing?