Do Well by Doing Right

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


More than a hundred years before the Civil War, a man named John Woolman ushered in a quiet movement. He persuaded Quakers to renounce slavery and the slave trade.

At the time, even many Christians accepted slavery. Woolman struggled against widespread indifference. But he had grown convinced that it was wrong to own another human being. And he worked ten lonely years before he convinced a single person to free his slaves.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Remember, won't you, that lasting change typically requires long effort. John Woolman died before slavery ended. It may be that your battle does not end soon—or even in your lifetime. Don't give up. You do well just by doing right … in the high calling of our daily work.

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

Deuteronomy 8:2

SOURCE: Inspired by Rich Swingle's one-man play, A Clear Leading.