Doing Good to Others

Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

If we look at the character of children, we see curiosity, imagination, fun-loving, but also selfishness.  When we are a toddler, sharing is usually not so common.  The tendency for toddlers is to be territorial and lay claim to their prized possessions, which are their toys.  It’s like that for most of the childhood years, but there are times when there is sharing. I’m generalizing here as some families have different ways of handling their children.  This lesson isn’t necessarily about children, but to look at ourselves and as we mature, how we can make a difference in the lives of others.

If we are blessed in our life, then we do have the opportunity to put into practice this principal.  We have the ability to impact somebody’s life as we invest our time and energy to influence someone in a positive manner.  To do good to others, it may mean inviting people over and preparing your home, a meal, etc.  It could be volunteering for a food bank or home for the aged.  God doesn’t want us to be a spectator in life.  Going home to just watch television every day or taking it easy is not going to help others.  God put in us a desire to have a purpose in life.  Part of that purpose is to be involved in other people’s lives.  We can build up others and they could be influenced to ‘pay it forward’ and help others as well.

You could be doing something for somebody and make a profound impact in their life.  For somebody who is negative or depressed about everyday life, you can be a beacon of light and hope that can inspire them to see that God’s love is in you and that they can also share in those same blessings.

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