COURAGE – ‘Do The Right Thing’ !

Granger Whitelaw’s Weekly Thoughts, August 5, 2012

As I have sat thinking of what I wanted to write about over the last week or so, I keep coming to “do the right thing”. It started two weeks ago when I was talking to my 16 year old, Granger, about choices we make in life and how they affect others. Mostly, it came from me seeing how fair, honest and loving he is with others. It’s hard to be objective sometimes with your own kids, but with the young Mr. Whitelaw, it is easy – he is truly a gentleman, and someone I wish I could be more like in many ways.

So do the right thing. This is something I have always tried to instill in my children and others I have come in contact with. Now, I have not always been the best example of this in my life, I have made many mistakes, hurt others, spoken unkindly, taken advantage at times when I did not need to and have not always been the most honest I could be. But part of “do the right thing” is admitting these things to one-self and to others, and then asking forgiveness, or giving it when asked. Once you do this, you can then strive, everyday, to “do the right thing” from that moment forward – and if you make a mistake, you know what to do. We are only human after all.

I saw a movie sometime ago that has stayed with me and reminds me of what “do the right thing” means to me and to my family – or more so – my commitment to them and my life. Do not take offense of you do not have the same faith as I do – but please hear the message it is giving us – as a guide. I hope you will see and feel as I do about this message and share it with other men (its hard for men to share things like this with each other) and your sons, to give them a solid foundation to use for their lives as they grow and begin their own families.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord

 THE RESOLUTION

I DO solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, and my children.

I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.

I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.

I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.

I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.

I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.

I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.

I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.

I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.

I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.

I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24:15

 

Again, whatever your faith, the message holds true – I hope you join me in this resolution and “do the right thing”

Please share your thoughts with me about this. Comment below or email me – I will respond.

Truly,

Granger Whitelaw

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34 thoughts on “COURAGE – ‘Do The Right Thing’ !”

  1. This phrase “do the right things” is just a simple and a line that is so easy to say but very hard to translate in actions. There are instances in our lives that really pulls as apart between doing the right thing and not (assuming that there are valid reasons for it) and it’s up to us what to choose and the important thing in choosing is not the better option but the best option and that means what is good for others. I like your resolutions and I hope you will not be tired on doing those things.

  2. “Do the right doings”, such pleasant words to the ear. I also want to do right things always but I guess I’m just good in words and I always want to counter myself on doing the things that is against my thoughts in good doings.

  3. Doing the right things is such a nice phrase and in fact I’m also trying to do that as often as I can and sometimes there are situations that is really hard to handle when you are going to do the right things.

  4. That’s cool of you, always doing the right things, only few people do that things nowadays because of the many temptations around them. Keep doing good things.

  5. Creative blog is creative , I like it when blog promotes good things to its readers. I hope everyone will read this and get inspired, thank you for sharing your blog.

  6. I like it this one, you have many resolutions and that means new changes for good. I have many plans on resolutions and also resolutions but I don’t know how to do it all and I don’t even know if I can do it just one of it. Thanks for this blog and I enjoy a lot reading on it. I hope good on your plans on this and keep up on spreading the good things to others, keep inspiring.

  7. Doing the right things is quite a brilliant idea in making own life a good and productive life but we all know that it is easy since we already know that humans are not perfect and what I mean is we can’t really do that all of the time, maybe on some time we can make that but there are times that we can’t resist doing things that are not good or maybe I should say there are things that we are vulnerable of.

  8. Doing right things is good and I think of it as a good thing and I hope many people will be keep doing that. I know it’s hard, I know it’s hard but I think if we individually will do that then we could make a move for change even in little and little. I hope many will get inspired with this article and with my comment. Thanks for sharing this to us.

  9. Doing the right things is good and I know everybody on this page would agree to me and let me share you a quote that will inspire you guys and will give you courage to do things in the right way “When you’re caught up in the storm or, you know, just the turmoil of everything that there is another side and you do get through it. And you know, just standing by the truth and doing the right thing.
    – Amber Frey”.

  10. I totally can relate to you to this one, to this line that I quoted from your article above “This is something I have always tried to instill in my children and others I have come in contact with”, I am also wanting to do right things perfectly but it seems the quote and the saying “nothings is perfect or no one is perfect” really prevails but I’m still practicing on doing good things because I believe in the quote or saying that “practice makes perfect”.

  11. So this is the introduction of you thinking of writing article “So do the right thing. This is something I have always tried to instill in my children and others I have come in contact with.”, article about doing the right thing, I like doing right things but it’s pretty hard to do and not that easy to perform always since life and the world is not perfect.

  12. What a coincidence I am watching a movie also right now “I saw a movie sometime ago that has stayed with me and reminds me of what “do the right thing””, I am watching a good film right now and it’s all about good ways in life and not certainly and particularly in doing good things but it teaches you how to be good in life by spending money economically.

  13. Among all this is my favorite “I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.”, you surely will fulfill your wish and your goals and the things you want to do as listed above. I am inspired now to do things that I like and I want and those things will be good things.

  14. Ha ha ha hay I always want to go to the movies and go shopping everywhere and also watch football game in a large television flat screen tv in my friend’s house but I think it won’t be happening since they are all busy but anyway thanks for this article of yours, you have a good list of things that you want to do and I see it’s a list for doing good things, sounds great.

  15. We need to have a really huge courage to do such all of our things that we do in the right way. Of course it is very hard to do that but I think if we have a greater courage then maybe we can make it a little by little. I hope all of us will be inspired with this article and I hope we can use this one in a good way. I think there are still people in the world who also want to do this one.

  16. Sometimes, let us all admit it, Doing the right thing is hard, I don’t know why but based in my observation, its really hard. But part of “do the right thing” is admitting these things to one-self and to others, and then asking forgiveness, or giving it when asked. Once you do this, you can then strive, everyday, to “do the right thing” from that moment forward – and if you make a mistake, you know what to do. We are only human after all.

  17. It’s good that it started with this and you have plan to make this blog because of this “It started two weeks ago when I was talking to my 16 year old, Granger, about choices we make in life”, Choices in life are very hard to decide and just a one mistake will make a huge effect into our life so we have to really very careful on choosing a decision.

  18. I highly appreciated this line “Do not take offense of you do not have the same faith as I do – but please hear the message it is giving us – as a guide.”. I think if just one of us will do right thing then maybe problems in the world will be lessen and I am talking about generalization, general problems. It is hard that many are doing bad things.

  19. There are really movies that are worth watching “I saw a movie sometime ago that has stayed with me and reminds me of what “do the right thing” means to me and to my family”, because it gives us moral lessons and good experiences that though we haven’t experienced what they have experienced in the movie there is still a part of it that we can learn about and that is amazing about it and just like reading books.

  20. I totally can relate to this “I have made many mistakes, hurt others, spoken unkindly, taken advantage at times when I did not need to and have not always been the most honest I could be.”, after reading this one I reflected to many things and what I have observed from your above article is your resolutions, I like your resolutions.

  21. Doing something good or something bad means nothing for others but for me I appreciate people who really do much effort in doing good to others and keeping alive the hope for humanity towards world peace or anything that creates a good impact in humanity. I am not judgmental but I really like seeing good people doing good things than other people that really has nothing to do and instead doing bad things to others.

  22. Do the right thing for the right reason is better than just saying do the right thing.
    ‪Doing the right thing for the right reason
    (a blessing)

    Doing the right thing for the wrong reason
    (pride or greed)

    Doing the wrong thing for the right reason
    (a mistake)

    ‪Doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason
    (a sin)
    I got it from my sisters gazette. Its a nice quote to keep in mind.

  23. Doing the right thing for me is easy as 1,2, 3. Doing the right is more important than doing things right. There is a corollary to that advice, which is “doing the right thing is more important than doing things right.” Sounds simple but in practice I promise you, most organizational fall into latter trap. Everybody should be able to answer the question, “why am i doing this?’ otherwise they’re likely to be doing things right, but not the right things.

  24. I have made many mistakes also and I also have seen myself and look at myself very bad for the things that I have done which are bad but even so, I also tried to do right things and good things not just on myself but also to others. It is undeniable that forbidden things are good to be done but we have to control ourselves from doing it.

  25. Everyone should make a decision in making things right or shall we call it as a resolution in our life. In my opinion and in my side I have things, so many things that should be made right and not be left as a mistake and wrong but right now I don’t know how to do it that way. I admire so much the work you have done here and you have a great and nice list for the good things that you want to do.

  26. I really really like your conclusion and last line of the list “I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory., I hope and I know you can do it and I know you are a good person. I am encourage to do good and right things now and I want also to fulfill my goals and at the same time doing the right things and doing things right.

  27. It takes a great courage to do the list you have there. I admire and appreciate your great list since you put and wrote all the best the man can do to his life in doing right things but the disadvantage of that is it is pretty hard to achieve all on the list and you need a lot of time proving to yourself and also trying to make those things. Anyway I don’t have a doubt on you making those things in the list, I am just expressing my idea about it but don’t worry I know you can.

  28. I hope also that many have seen this “I hope you will see and feel as I do about this message and share it with other men”, I also inspired by your article and right now I am planning to actually make a list for myself because I think it will be much better if I will really do also just like what you have done. I know it will take much time to make the list and it takes forever to prove to myself that I have change but of course I will try to do it as best as I can. I am glad I passed by on this website and gladly read this specific article. Anyway what can I say now is great job and great work.

  29. Everybody wants to have a planet where good prevails but not all people doing good things for the good sake of our planet. I can’t blame anyone and I won’t blame anyone since I understand that we have different perspectives and only if all will know how it will be a great change if all of us will make a change and a change for a better world. World peace is really almost impossible to achieve but as long as each of everyone of us will do good things and keep on inspiring others, that dream will not be impossible.

  30. Doing right things is just a simple good will and anyone who can do that has really something on his or her personality and no doubt that those who can do the right things have good and clean heart. If you have a good and clean heart you will surely have a peaceful life and to have a peaceful mind is really a great way in living our life. Not minding what will happen to you because you are at peace is very nice thing to experience and only good and clean hearted people will experience that.

  31. Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth, do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. Just keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that you are passing the test, and God promises you your marked moments are on their way.

  32. There are things and many things that we would want to do and even though some of it are not plain good things. I understand that there are times that we get confused in doing wrong things over right things due to some circumstances and some situations that we are in. I understand that those times are kind of reasonable to you in doing bad things but I just want to tell you that there is no such bad thing that will be reasonable for every situation.

  33. I totally feel you in this bro “I hope you will see and feel as I do about this message and share it with other men (its hard for men to share things like this with each other)”, I think it is our pride which is stopping us to share some emotional or sort or kind of this things to others and especially fellow men. We can’t understand our pride sometimes and we can’t control it sometimes and it is something that can’t be handled easily and which is born on us and on each of us.

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