As I was roaming around the Bible today, I found a passage in the Old Testament that spoke to me. It had nothing to do with rites or rituals, rules or regulations. It seemed so simple yet oddly profound. If I had to sum it up, it would be a recipe for clean living.
Here is your part: Tell the truth. Be fair. Live at peace with everyone. Zechariah 8:16 (TLB)
Of course, if we all lived by this passage, it would put politicians, police and publicists out of business!
In some ways, we know the difference between right and wrong from an early age. It seems that over time, we rationalize misdeeds or justify inaction, since “everyone else is doing it.”
But sometimes, it’s the little ones that lead the way. In the news lately, I’ve noticed stories about children stepping up and doing the right thing, and it gives me hope for the future.
Like this young boy who saved his teacher’s life after she had an asthma attack and passed out, or these kids, who saved their baby brother from a kidnapper, or this young man who intercepted a baseball racing directly for his sister’s head.
It’s encouraging to think that they just know in their bones that this is the right thing to do, and now is the time to do it. Options seem clear to them: this is right. That is wrong. It’s like an automatic response, a reflex.
I know that if adults had been tested in this social experiment, the outcome might have been different, but these very young kids knew what to do when strangers dropped their wallets.
These two boys were playing video games when they realized the house next door was on fire. They ran into the house to help save the young kids inside.
If only we could keep that reflex of rightness intact over the years. If these kids are any indication, it could be time to give them the right to vote. YouTube personality “Kid President” has a mission: to treat everyone like it’s their birthday, every day of the year. Wisdom really does come out of the mouths of babes!
In that day the wolf and the lamb will lie down together, and the leopard and goats will be at peace. Calves and fat cattle will be safe among lions, and a little child shall lead them all. Isaiah 11:6 (TLB)