At my third Basketball Camp this summer there was one young boy unwilling to accurately evaluate himself. He was unhappy and spent a lot of time blaming others for his bad feelings. At one point I offered him a strong urging that, “If you want to FEEL good, you have to DO good!”
Like everyone, from time to time I experience injustice and abuse. I was recently mistreated through a craigslist sale. I knew immediately that to remove the bad taste left by one jerk’s behavior, I would need to “look for something good to do”
I discovered long ago, that when something bitter enters my life, that is the time to go out and do good!
Last week, while I waited in a drive-through line, I witnessed a 15 passenger van enter the parking lot. Its contents, a dozen kids that looked to be adopted from various parts of the world, poured out of the passenger side. I decided to take an action that I’ve heard of from others. I arranged with the drive through window cashier to pay for their meal. I was told that the family was pleased.
The next day I had a chance to do some good through another Craig’s-listing, offering my item at no charge, including shipping, to the woman whose car had broken down, making her unable to drive across two counties to purchase my item. She also was pleased.
Sometimes doing good requires a negative confrontation. This week I was given an opportunity for that too. Though it shook me, I was grateful to have the opportunity to speak up in defense of vulnerable people being targeted for a form of abuse that I have previously experienced.
If you also subscribe to a policy of doing good, you may already be aware that not all recipients of good are “pleased.” Remember though that you are a servant of Jesus Christ, and if He permits you to enter another’s life, no matter how big or small the involvement, just be happy to be there, making some good.
If you want to feel good, do good…in His service!
“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.