“Are good things to do necessarily the right things to do? If not, how does one know what to do?” Sara



32 thoughts on “WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO?”

  1. Well without knowing the whole scenario, then doing the good things could be detrimental?!?!?! What if Snoopy thinks his side of the mountain is less steep? What if the three little Woodstocks think their side is less steep? I don’t know, maybe Snoopy and Woodstock should have asked Lucy to be their guide?? I am certain she would know which side would be the easiest to take!?!?!?!?

  2. Needles, you sure have given me a good laugh! I just read this about the character of our advice giver and guide, Lucy.
    “Lucy works hard at being bossy, crabby and selfish. She is loud and yells a lot. Her smiles and motives are rarely pure. She’s a know-it-all who dispenses advice whether you want it or not–and for Charlie Brown, there’s a charge. She’s a fussbudget, in the true sense of the word. She’s a real grouch, with only one or two soft spots, and both of them may be Schroeder, who prefers Beethoven. As she sees it, hers is the only way. The absence of logic in her arguments holds a kind of shining lunacy. When it comes to compliments, Lucy only likes receiving them. If she’s paying one–or even smiling–she’s probably up to something devious.”

    You just made my thinking get a little more complicated.

  3. From your description, Sara, and your ‘picturesque’ characterization of Lucy….
    I imagine there’s a little LUCY in all of us…although I would not be proud of it. It’s like the “old man” rising up after we thought we had put him down for good! And maybe poor Lucy is misunderstood! Dealing with a LUCY or the LUCY in me, takes quite a lot of savvy, intellectual prowess, perseverence and SPIRITUAL diligence. Some people’s “LUCY ” gets a kick out of spouting off and speaking its mind. Sometimes there’s a truth somewhere hidden in there but the delivery is grating. Perhaps that’s when telling the truth…which is a good thing… is not the best thing when it is delivered in meaness or at an inappropriate manner. So telling the truth in love is the appropriate delivery according to the Bible.
    In the mean time, I’ll keep working on my LUCY!

  4. I would have to agree with what Needles said “Well without knowing the whole scenario, then doing the good things could be detrimental?”
    There are lots of things that are ‘good ‘ done at the appropriate time in the correct amount, etc. Exercise is good, but not when I should be doing something else I have committed to. Eating is good, but it’s not right to habitually overeat (or under). Talking is good, but not when you should be listening. Giving is good, if the motive is pure. I think it takes wisdom and really trying to trust, hear and obey the Lord to know the right time and place to do good things.

  5. “without knowing the whole scenario, then doing the good things could be detrimental?”

    Needles and Debi, I am not trying to be difficult, but how many times do we or is it possible to know the whole scenario? OK, Needles since this is your idea why don’t you role-play (game) with us by giving us a scenario and see what good we would or would not do. And, don’t discuss with Chickenfamer because she would know the answer!!! Plus with CF’s gift of writing and acting in skits she might make me work too hard.

  6. MG, I find your comment very interesting in the light of a conversation I had this week with a Christian Lady. She said she told another ‘how can you tell me how to love?” I thought good thought, how can we tell another how to love? So, how can we tell another how to tell the truth in love. If someone tells the truth, isn’t that love enough? The Word says, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32. Now, if I worry or have anxiety about whether truth was told to me in love or not, would I not miss being free?

  7. well…..James 4:17 says Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not to him it is sin.”………it seems to me we ought to pray and get Jesus fiew on the matter…besides what may be good in our sight may not be good in Gods sight so we had better be filled with His spirit so the good that we know to do is the good that He wants us to do….and I agree with Needles we should get LUCY to be our quide..
    Y=Yeshua(Jesus Jewish name)….dj)

  8. Here is my scenario: Your neighbor has lost everything, due to a house fire. His car even burned up, since it was in his garage. He has nothing. What is the good thing to do?

  9. I would help with clothing, food, and support. I would try to have a dinner for the family and raise money to help them.

  10. It’s a good thing that Snoopy didn’t ask pig pen for directions. The cloud of dirt would cloud Snoopy’s vision and he might fall off the mountain. Not good.

  11. I would also help with clothing and food and items to help plus clean up. I wish I had the medical expertise like Wendy and Needles and I could help there if they were injured but I appreciate the nurses’ talents. Reading Gary’s comment on “it would depend on if and how well I knew my neighbor” got me to thinking. If my neighbor had a record of lawlessness would I readily help. Oops that made me think! I then started researching. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10) says the Samaritan was a true neighbor (according to Wikipedia a fellow human being). Samaritan according to dictionary.com means a person who gratuitously gives help or sympathy to those in distress. Luke 10:30-37. There are numerous scriptures which say you should love your neighbor as yourself. I guess in helping my neighbor I’m on the mountain with Snoopy – “Lord which way do I go, How would you have me help and do right in your sight.”

  12. Rena, your comments remind me of the scene in Wizard of Oz which my music class is performing….Dorothy says, as she comes to a fork in the road, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road? Follow the Yellow brick Road? Now which way do I go?”
    The Scarecrow replies….”that way is very nice”, pointing in one direction…” Oh! and that way is very nice, too”, and points in the other direction. Dorothy responds, ” Are you doing that on purpose or can’t you make up your MIND?” See? That was the poor Scarecrow’s problem. He couldn’t make up his mind. So, Dorothy has to choose the WAY to find the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, the great KNOWER of all things.
    Now we know the Yellow Brick Road is symbolic of the WAY, Truth and Life that’s Jesus Christ. But some can’t make up our minds which ‘way” we want to go, sometimes. And I guess some are SCARED, like Scarecrow. So, we veer off or change direction from the straight & narrow Golden Highway To God.
    Paul says in Romans 7:24,”Oh, pitiable man that I am (Scarecrow), Who will deliver me from this body of death,( this flammable, raggedy existence?) Thank God He will through the Great and powerful King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ.” That’s the Way HOME to Heaven.

  13. I would add try to add clothes and food, etc to the group effort above. Looks like more and more are getting involved Tim.

  14. Sara, concerning the comment I made about “telling the truth in love” I only refer to Ephsians 4:15, where paul says, ‘Rather, let our lives LOVINGLY express truth in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living gruly. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way in all thing in to Him Who is the Head, the anointed One.”
    I suppose there are Many things that are true that do NOT have to be told. And, my conjecture is that the APPROACH is is really what’s being spoken of here int these Scriptures.

  15. I tend to be on the same thinking as Gary…on how well I knew my neighbor. and knew what caused the fire…it could be that the fire was caused by not too good reasons….and helping may allow the not too good reasons to continue………however I am to love my neighbor as myself….and am to do as unto the Lord…..I would feed /give food…dj

  16. MG, I think Ephesians 4:15 would be appropriate for the comment the lady made , “How can another tell another how to love?” We are all maturing, coming to the unity of faith and growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. To me that is truth and truth is love and love is truth.

    I enjoy thinking on these things and hopefully will grow in every way more and more like Christ.

  17. Pigpen, oops, I mean Chickenfarmer, you are funny. Does Chickenfarmer have a pigpen also. Here we are, presenting the cloud of dust.
    “Before grunge was cool, Pigpen made his debut in the Peanuts comic strip on July 13, 1954 and since then has been the butt of “dirt” gags. He walks around in a cloud of dust, sprinkling dirt on all he comes in contact with. Pigpen is happily messy. He doesn’t try to explain it, hide it, fight it. For him, it’s just a fact of life. His slovenly ways paid off in 1993 with a series of television commercials for Regina vacuum cleaners which combined animation with live-action.”

  18. Here is the rest of the scenario. It has been six months since your neighbor lost everything in the house fire. He has been notified that he will be receiving a $300,000 check in the mail from his homeowners insurance, soon. Concerned family and friends have collected $15,000 dollars for him. His coworkers have had raffles, bake sales, and car washes, and have given him $20,000 in cash, from the profits. His rich uncle in California is in the process of giving him a brand new Hummer to drive and will be sending $200,000 dollars in cash for him to purchase clothing and a small apartment to live in. Bringing the grand total of cash for him to $535,000!!!Now, this gentleman has managed to keep all this information to himself, and each one helping is unaware of what others are doing. Oh, and to put a nice twist to it, no one knows that he purposely set his house on fire, hoping to collect on his homeowners policy.

    Now, knowing the whole scenario, it brings us back to the inital question. “Are good things to do necessarily the right thing to do? If not, how does one know what to do?” Maybe the scripture in Matthew 10: 16 can help us? “Listen, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as clever as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

  19. Now that he has been found out when is he going to jail for being an arsonist? Now what are we going to do to help?

  20. Needles, no one knows his wrong and we are all helping him in his wrong. And, I guess we don’t know that either. HUM! Whoa! O me!

    If I became suspicious and told others then I guess that would be gossip, right? What about the scripture that says, there is safety in a multitude of counselors.

    I must say this ‘scenario’ has me thinking,even in how I pray as well as how I use my spiritual gifts. I am glad I have you to help keep me on tract. I am so glad that God gave gifts for the benefit of the Body of Christ. It sure would be very difficult to strike out on one’s own. I love this Bible Study. I can’t think of anything I love more than to study the Word of God with others that love His Word as well.

    So, would the question how does one know what to do be seek Godly counsel and heed counsel?

  21. When we feel we have been taken advantage of, our flesh jumps in and we become angry and ready to judge our neighbor for his dishonest ways. This isn’t our jobs as Christians. Our job is to love our neighbor. With loving hearts we bent over backwards to help our neighbor in need. We did our job. Love our neighbor by helping him when the need is there. This is between God and us. Our neighbor was dishonest. He set his house on fire and now he has more money in the bank than we do. He lied and cheated. This is against God. This is between our neighbor and God. We need to now, postion ourselves before the Lord and pray for our neighbor and pray that the Lord wil help us with those feelings of betrayl that we may feel.

  22. seeing how this man kept everything to himself and no one knew what he had done …it makes one realise that Without really walking and talking and staying in close union with God and trusting Him to lead and quide one in all decisions by His Holy Spirit..one stands a great chance of doing good when doing good is helping in a wrong way…….so…no..doing good in our eyes and in our timing is really no good at all….Jesus said in Matthew 7:21..Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out demons? And in thy name done mnay wonderful works?..And the will I profess unto them, I never knew you ; depart from me, ye that work iniquity…….(and since once again no one knew but the man….what had really caused the fire …and only God knows the thoughts and intents of the heart God sure seems like the best person to hang out with to get all things right)….dj

  23. Ok Besides praying for him in earnest, then, when are we going to confront him with the truth? I know we are NOT to judge one another but we do judge the works whether good or bad. So like Gary says, ‘when is he going to jail for being an arsonist?’ I believe the Lord can save him in jail as well as anywhere else. The Word says to visit those in prison so we can go and tell him the Good News there and encourage him to repay those from whom he took false charity.

  24. Needles after reading part 2 of your scenerio and the scripture it looks like this ‘neighbor’ is a wolf that the scripture speaks of. One thing I noticed is that you said ‘this gentleman has managed to keep all this information to himself, and each one helping is unaware of what others are doing’. I was reading up on wolves and found that they try to panic and then isolate their prey and then attack the weak ones. Each of the givers is isolated from knowing what the other did. The wolf won’t tell because he wants to scam as many people as possible. So my question to myself is did I react/panic to a seeming crisis without praying and seeking counsel. Yes, I think so. Should I have been more shrewd and gotten some counsel as Sara suggested and consulted others in some investigative work before blindly giving to a seeming ‘good cause’? Probably. Would I have the foresight to do this. Probably not without others gifts in the body of Christ helping me. I’ve been suckered. But it’s not just about me. The insurance company has been robbed and so have many that work hard to pay into their policies. People have given to someone not really in need and others in need have been robbed. So it’s really not just between the neighbor and God. He has defrauded and robbed from others. Now if he gets found out and brought to court I may have to be ready to be subpoenoed for my part in helping a criminal. This is getting pretty complex and stressful as I look at my own motives and wisdom.

  25. With the new scenario and keeping in mind we need to be more clever than the snakes reminds me of the days of Katrina. I remember a story about a man who went about doing good by picking up people with his boat. He loved helping others escape the flood waters only to be shot. Sometimes as we have discussed in a group we become the gullible or the wolf’s dinner as in the arsonist’s scenario suggest. If we are not more clever than the enemy which resides in that con artist, we will be abused spiritually or as with the Katrina man unto death. We may love our neighbor, but not the actions. We must handle him cautiously or the wolf within him will spring forth and rip us apart. We will not by treated like a dove. Hang tough and report the wolf in sheep’s clothing and get him behind bars quick. Let those with a call to prison ministries come and bring them to the light of Jesus.

    I guess we better pray about everything we do for the wrong decision may lead us where we do not want to go emotionally, spiritually, or physically.

  26. Yeah, Rena, That’s what Gary said & I think, too, about getting him behind bars, quickly. He can get saved in prison . If not, he may be released in his same state of an unrighteous mind and remain a recidivist for life.

  27. Would a summary of this blog go like this???
    In order to know the GOOD thing to do……. that is the RIGHT thing to do……..one must first pray. control our emotions, seek counsel, and heed the counselors’ advice??????
    Woe, sounds like we have a lot to do?!?!?! To assure that the right thing to do gets done????

  28. I agree Needles, we have a lot to do to do the right thing. But, a) you gave us a major thing to do or not to do b) If we all stood in the right position with God we would be more apt to be prepared to do or help do the right thing. i.e. we should pray at all times, we should grow into maturity and control our emotions with skill, and we surely need the counsel of others
    -counsel advice, guidance, counseling, direction, information; hints, recommendations, suggestions, guidelines, tips, pointers, warnings.

    Now we are counsel seeking people, how should I cut my hair, do I need a hair cut? Is my make-up the right color? Do I look fat in this dress? Should I buy this color or another? What should I take for a headache? Sinus? Allergies? Where is the cheapest gas in town? What is the most prestigious car to drive? Where should I go on vacation? What movie is playing in town? OK, but when it comes to what is the Holy Spirit saying about????Even though He is talking with us, leading us, guiding us, through words, deeds, show and tell and every-way to get us to listen, we chose to do it our way because our sin nature likes to just go against the right way. maybe? Wonder why God told us to exhort one another DAILY? He may have known we had a short memory/fuse?

    When you think about your solution Needles, pray, control our emotions, seek counsel and heed the counselors tips, suggestions, etc. should not be hard for us because we do it most of the time, don’t we???

  29. Yes, you are right Sara, it “should NOT be hard for us”, to pray, control our emotions, seek counsel and heed the counselors tips, suggestions, etc. but I guess I am saying that I sure have a lot to mature in and learn, in order to develop my skill, when it comes to controlling my emotions.

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