Every cause is not a good one. Everything that you could stand up for is not something worthy of the sacrifice. Just because you're ridiculed doesn't mean that your cause is noble. Some people take a stand and pat themselves on the back and never stop to ask themselves if that stand is noble one.
Isaiah 32:8 says,
“A noble person does noble things and stands up for noble causes.”
The NIV version says,
“But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.”
This word “noble” is also translated as “prince” or “generous” or “willing.”
When we consider the tasks and activities we pursue, do we consider their nobility? For me, there's something noble about helping children. There's something noble about treating each person with dignity and respect. There's something noble about encouraging and helping people.
As you look over your calendar, are you planning noble things? How many of those things will be something you're glad you did in 10 years?
Not all tasks are created equal. All dreams are not excellent. While it is good to complete tasks and good to have goals, completing an unworthy task is not noble. Nor is accomplishing a goal that is not admirable.
If you check something off, make sure it is worthy to be done in the first place. When we ask these questions, we can focus on excellent, noble things that are worth the precious time we'll never be given back.
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