Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Do The Good You Can!

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. (Prov. 3:27) 

Matthew Henry wrote: "Wherever the Providence of God casts us, we should desire and endeavor to be useful; and, when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can. And he that is faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more." 

That thought moves me. If you can't do the good you would, do the good you can. You may have big-time plans in your life---major league dreams that haven't panned out. You were going to write a best-selling book, but the opportunities just haven't come along. Are you willing to write for your church newsletter?. . . 

Maybe you wanted to teach in seminary or Bible school, but the pressures of life forced you in a different direction. Are you willing to teach a Sunday school class? . . . Maybe you'd hoped to be a missionary . . . but for one reason or another, that door has never opened. . . . Are you open to working with Hispanic or Vietnamese people in your own city?

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

This post is very timely given the fact that we often hear more bad news than good news in the days we live in. I remember a time when the neighbors would get together and do block parties and simply be a blessing to one another. Are those days long behind me? Sort of. I still have the blessing to experience the occasional get-together and walk away from that period of fellowship more blessed than ever before. 

In those brief moments that I have to be around other people, I always look for opportunities to do any kind of good regardless of the size and frequency of the good intended. I was taught by one of my mentors many years ago that the "quality" of the good will always determine the "quantity" of the good. Remember my dear friends, when doing all the good you can, make sure that the "quality" of your good supersedes the quantity. The "quality" of your good will largely determine the "quality" of the good that comes back to you. As a result, you will see the long-term effects of how good your life will be and the lives the lives of those around you. Don't be surprised if God opens up doors you least expect to open up because of the good you have contributed to your part of society. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).