Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Proverbs 3:27 NKJV
How do we respond to someone collecting change in front of a supermarket? Or when we see a troubled co-worker? Or after hearing about the plight of an orphan needing a sponsor?
Are you like me at times? It’s just too painful to think about all the suffering people. I mean really, how can one person help anyway? Do you turn away, refuse to see, deny the problem and carry on your own merry way?
If so, remember God blesses us so we can bless others. We can’t bless if we don’t open ourselves up to see people who need the blessing. Ask God to open our eyes to see the hurting people. Then ask Him for compassion and seek courage to lay aside your own needs/desires to be used by God instead.
Whether it is dropping change in a collection bin, or asking a co-worker if they are okay, it is within our power to do good. Maybe you don’t have much money, you still have time. Consider using your time to bless someone. Volunteer somewhere, give your time instead.
Since May, my 3-year-old son and I have been visiting an elderly woman in a nursing home. We simply walked in one day and asked to visit someone who had not had a visitor in some time. We were told about Rose. She’s 98-years-old and had not had a visitor in over two years! That broke my heart. Can you imagine sitting there waiting for someone to come and being disappointed each day as no one came? Let me tell you, it has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. We visit Rose each Sunday for maybe an hour or so. We just listen to what Rose wants to say. She’s full of stories from her life.Rose loves the company, but more than that the other residents enjoy watching my son strolling through the halls saying “hi” to everyone he passes. Our being there makes Rose feel treasured valued and cared for. What an awesome privilege to give time to bless someone.
There are many ways to do good. Here’s a list of some easy and mostly free ways to you can start doing good.
- Try smiling at the checker at the checkout counter.
- Say hello to folks as you step into an elevator.
- Say thank you to your children’s teachers.
- Write a letter of appreciation to someone.
- Place a thank you note in your mail box to bless the mail carrier.
- Stick love notes in your family’s lunch box.
- Pray for someone other than yourself
The best place to start is by thinking about what others do for you. As you consider the many things they do for you, you will never run out of people to bless. Develop godly habits and integrate doing good into your life today. Proverbs 11:25 says “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” I have found this to be true in my life.
Lord thank you for opening our eyes and allowing us to be used for good in the lives of others. Help us focus on your will rather than our own. May we refresh others and in doing so be refreshed ourselves. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.
In His Grace,
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