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A Noble Person Does Noble Things

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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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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