“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good for everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”– Galations 6:9-10
I sometimes feel that no matter how much good people do, there is always the next thing that needs some good injected into it. It’s like a ceaseless cascade of bad after bad–almost as if the more good is done, the more bad is seen. Or in a more favorable light, the more prospects taken to make a positive impact, the more opportunities miraculously appear to handle. At least, this is the way my season is going right now. So many people need the hope and joy that Christ brings to this world!
This never-ending need for actionable good is why I find Paul’s words very inspiring this week. We have a choice to see this world as ceaseless bad, or we have the option to see this world as an endless opportunity to do beautiful things for others. The act of doing good brings with it a sense of joy that no one has any right to take away. It’s a feeling well deserved. To see the smiles, the small sparks of hope light up in someone’s eyes, and the way people’s posture almost seems…lighter after a good deed is done is priceless.
Please take a moment this week to do a good deed for someone who you feel needs it. Then stick around and watch how they respond. It’s the best feeling in the world! As an added challenge, try doing it in secret. The way people react to anonymous acts of kindness almost pays back tenfold in comparison. Then cling to that feeling of joy, and hold onto the hope that God just used you in a way you’ll never truly understand until we’re all home together.
Fix our eyes and change our hearts
so that we see the world isn’t coming apart.
With acts of courage and small gestures of kindness,
We’re simply given opportunities to share Your likeness.
The world is dark so that You can be our light.
And bad things happen so that We share your respite.
Hold us in Your everlasting embrace.
So good never ceases, and it’s power dominates.