My brother, Hoyt Williams, passed away Friday, March 6. His funeral was Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Union Springs, AL. I really hated to give him up. All I am left with are memories. I wrote a poem while thinking of him the day before he died. It was posted earlier on this site.
When Herschel, my other brother, suffered a stroke and was in the hospital in Dothan, Doug and I were visiting him when Hoyt and Ella came in. They had driven well over an hour to get to Dothan. I said, “I’m so glad you came.” Hoyt replied, “It was the thing to do.” I’ve been thinking a lot about his statement, “It was the thing to do,” this week.
In life we have occasions to do many things. Some we will want to do, and some we had rather not do, but because it is the thing to do we push on and make ourselves do them.
A student may be facing a test in school. Studying is necessary to pass the test. Because it is the thing to do, the student makes himself study.
A friend may be in the hospital or nursing home and we need to go visit them. We think we don’t have time to visit the hospital, and we don’t enjoy going to nursing homes, but because it is the thing to do, we push and do it anyway.
We have to “step up to the plate” and do things that are out of our comfort zone, things that we rather not do sometimes, because it is the thing to do.
Reading the Bible regularly is hard for some people. They say they can’t understand it and can’t remember what they read. Paul writing to Timothy told him to study to show himself approved unto God. The more we read the Bible, the easier it is to understand. We do it because it is the thing to do if we want to learn more about Jesus and His will for our lives.
Attending church services faithfully is hard for some people, but it should be done because it is the thing to do. Taking part as a leader in the worship service often takes people out of their comfort zone, but it should be done because it is the thing to do. The church depends upon Christian leaders.
Obeying the Lord and identifying with the church makes others know whose side we are on. It should be done because it is the thing to do. We need to be happy to tell others we are a member of the church of Christ.
We need to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, for as long as we can…because it is the thing to do. Jesus said, “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.”
What will you do this week because it is “the thing to do?”