Real Help for Real Living
Recently, my Sunday school teacher read everyone the Bible’s story of Joseph. This is what the scripture said:
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”
I found myself appreciating the dilemma Joseph found himself in – doing the right thing for all the right reasons, even if no one understands. While he did the right thing, who would understand him? Who would believe him? How would he explain the baby?
One of the challenges of life is making the right decision for the right reason, even when it doesn’t make sense. Often times, an expedient decision is made for financial reasons. But it leaves people out of the equation.
Several years ago, we met with our health insurance broker for the annual renewal of our insurance programs. One policy had to do with disability insurance. We had an option of staying with our current carrier for one more year or moving to a different carrier that guaranteed us a two-year lock-in with our premium. There was one problem: If we switched carriers, anyone on the current policy would not be eligible for benefits beginning Jan. 1. We had an employee who was on the policy due to significant medical issues.
We decided to stay with the current carrier. It was the right thing to do. We would honor her service by providing her with the insurance.
There was no fanfare, no memo to the staff, no flag waving, saying look at the great thing we just did. We simply did the right thing. The family was grateful that the insurance continued into the next year. She passed away several months later.
Making the right decision for all the right reasons, even when it doesn’t make sense, is the right thing to do. Somehow, and I can’t explain how, God has always honored those types of decisions.
I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friends.
Rev. Tony Marciano is the executive director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. The mission provides a free, long-term Christian recovery program for men and women who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.