I'd Rather Be Righteous Than Right

The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness.
1 Samuel 26:23

Occasionally my teenagers want help with their math homework. I try not to act too excited but secretly I'm doing the happy dance. There is something so gratifying to me about a good Algebra problem. A few substitutions and manipulations then...voila you get the right answer. I just LOVE it when I'm right!

Truth be told I like to be right in other areas of my life as well. 

Like when I share droplets of wisdom with my husband that he rejects but they turn out to be pearls.

Or when I offer my best mommy warning just prior to my kids disobeying and reaping the natural consequence.

This morning I wonder though do I really want to be right or do I want to be righteous.

I would rather honor my husband with my actions and words than win an argument.

I delight when I see obedience in my children so much more than saying, "I told you so."

To be righteous is to have a right standing with God and men. It is cultivating the long-term yield instead of close relationship instead of the short-term satisfaction of "right". Today I choose to righteous instead of right.


  1. Great encouragement. I enjoy being right, but being righteous (respectful to my husband, obedient to my God, kind to other, etc) Is far more important and rewarding.

  2. Amen, Shannon! Being righteous is far better than being right. Good word :-)

  3. Right-on Shannon! I learned early in my marriage that this was an important key to a happy marriage! Thanks for sharing this insight!

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  4. Jenifer, love how you said righteousness is more important and rewarding. :)

  5. Thanks for visiting Gwendolyn! XO

  6. Becky Jane, you are such a sweetheart. Of course you can use this post!

  7. Such a great reminder to focus on who we are rather than what we do. I love it! But I can't relate to you on the algebra thing. I leave math to my husband and tend towards English and History for subjects that I can really get into. =)

    1. Jamie, lol - very few writers can. I wonder at times how it God gave me two such opposite genes - writing and math. Just goes to show how powerful God really is! :)

  8. Shannon,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my card review; I appreciate it. Yours is a beautiful blog. I'm looking for encouragement, support, ways to grow.
    Peace and good,

    1. Chelle, so thankful for your visit. It is so great to know that we can walk together in mutual encouragement!


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