Doing what is right, even through pain:
The story of Joseph is incredible. He did the right thing – twice – even though it meant incredible pain for him.
First, he was willing to do everything he could to save the reputation Mary, the woman he loved, even though he must have felt incredible pain, believing she had betrayed him and slept with another man.
Then, when God spoke to him in a dream and told him the baby is from the Lord, he was willing to take her as his wife, even though he must have felt incredibly confused and it would have cost him his reputation.
Joseph obeyed, no matter how hard it was, and so Jesus was raised by a man who obediently loved the Lord. That is the challenge God is giving me today, as His son, as a husband, father, friend, and pastor.