Word of Encouragement: Micah 6:8

Did you ever play Monopoly as a kid? Maybe you still do. Was there ever a moment when you landed on someone’s property, but they didn’t notice? Did you tell them and pay the amount owed, or did you sit quietly and hope they wouldn’t notice?

Over the last couple of days, my family and I have been playing Monopoly every night. I have yet to win, but I realized something interesting at the end of tonight’s game. On more than one occasion, my dad forgot to ask my mom or me for rent, and each time, I was the one who reminded him. I also helped when they didn’t move their tokens to the right spaces, even though it usually caused me more harm than good. At one point, my mom told me to stop helping my dad, but I couldn’t because I have too loud a conscience and don’t like cheating to win a game.

Micah 6:8 tells us that the Lord requires us to Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly. Nowhere in this verse does it have the words, “Unless it does not benefit yourself.” In EVERYTHING we do, we are called, no required, to be honest, and humble with God, ourselves, and others. It’s not always going to be an easy task, and you might not get a reward, but doing the right thing is about more than helping yourself; it’s about helping others and watching them be blessed as a result.

Tonight, God reminded me that even though I didn’t win at Monopoly, I never lost my integrity or honesty. It wasn’t exactly pleasant to watch my dad take over half of the board, while I only had one set of property, but at least he’d earned it. If you’re in a situation where you’ve seen someone doing something wrong or notice someone about to walk away from a great opportunity, don’t stand back in silence; call attention to those things! It’s not a comfortable task, but we shouldn’t stand by when we have a chance to speak into someone’s life; sometimes, the biggest blessing is seeing someone else be blessed or find God. Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly. 📷: YouVersion

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