“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col.3:17)
Recently we got a lot of snow. Thankfully we have a Good Samaritan neighbor who helped us out with the snowplow on front of his pickup truck. The second time he dug us out his wife & daughter were in the truck with him, & after he dug us out he drove slowly through the neighborhood looking for others to help.
What we do or don’t do can have a big impact on others. Our deeds are seen by neighbors, friends, & family, & they can inspire others to help, to show kindness & generosity. Those with disabilities may feel there is little that they can do to help others. Yet I believe even the smallest acts of kindness can encourage others. An encouraging word, a compliment, an act of thoughtfulness, such can be a balm of healing not only for others, but for us as well. When we take our focus off of ourselves & concern ourselves with others, a feeling of compassion rises in us to touch others & we are rewarded within by this feeling of kindness for others.
We may not have a pickup truck with a snowplow to help neighbors buried in snow, but we do have the ability to show the same concern & compassion for others as that helpful neighbor. Look for ways to bless others & God will bless you. It is impossible to be good to others without receiving a blessing in return.
It is not for selfishness that we should help others, but just try to help another, try to show an act of kindness toward another, & see if you can avoid be blessed in return.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to find ways to bless others, to lift others up even as You carry us along. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. With God’s help he has survived many years with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Crohn’s Disease. He is author of the book: Chronic Illness.