Do what you know is right…

I was a teenager when I decided I should stop reading the Bible. I blame James. Or maybe my youth pastor, because he was likely preaching on James 4:17 and bringing this to my attention:

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (NASB).

Except it was most likely the King James version — or the “authorized version” of the Bible — because that was the bias of my childhood church:

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (KJV).

Either way, I figured I was better off not reading the Bible — for the less I knew about what was right or good to do, the less I could sin. Or the less accountable I was for my sin. Or so went my teenage logic.

Our well-named cat Trouble caught by my camera. Does she know  she's not supposed to be on the counter? Maybe. But to her, breaking the rule is far better when she can tower over her nemesis, Tori.  Read her story at https://saradagen.com/tag/cat-trouble/.
Our well-named cat Trouble caught by my camera. Does she know she’s not supposed to be on the counter? Maybe. But to her, breaking the rule is far better when she can tower over her nemesis, Tori. Read her story at https://saradagen.com/tag/cat-trouble/.

This summer, I had the luxury of visiting a chiropractor and finding relief for my back. I learned some movements I should avoid and some exercises I should practice religiously to prevent the pain from recurring. When my pain was at its worst, my caution was at its best. I was careful not to lift without using my legs and engaging my core; I stretched before I got out of bed, after my workout, at work when the conference room was free for a couple of minutes, and again at home. As I felt better, my tendency was to forget. I lifted items I shouldn’t and forgot to stretch frequently. Then the pain would return, and I would want to make another doctor’s appointment to fix it.

“Physician, heal thyself,” commanded my husband. “You know what the right things are to do. Do them.”

If I only didn’t know…

I did return to reading the Bible as a teenager and continue reading it today, even James 4:17, and when I avoid the don’ts and do the dos, in my spiritual walk and in this battle with back pain, it’s effective. That one little verse has a lot of wisdom contained in it, pertaining to the physical as well as the spiritual.

Unfortunately, it does mean I am accountable for what I know. Even as a teen, I got that part right.

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  9. Do what you know is right…

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