Friday, September 29, 2023

The Do-Gooder - Karen Huffaker

The Do-Gooder
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9–10 NKJV

Were you ever considered the do-gooder in school? 

Or was there another kid that students made fun of for trying to be the teacher’s pet by volunteering to clean blackboards, straighten chairs, pass out papers, and do other good works?

I was not a teacher’s pet. I just tried to stay out of trouble, follow the rules, and do what was expected. My basic decorum as a student was to study, do homework, get to class on time, get along with others, and respect authority. Sounds simple, but sometimes, it was boring.

Paul tells us not to grow weary while doing good and to do good to all—not just the teacher or a limited few. That includes family, friends, neighbors, community, co-workers, and humanity.

We have many opportunities and means at our disposal. They don’t have to be costly financially. We can make a difference without ever leaving our homes by calling to check on others, sending encouraging notes and cards, and emailing prayers and scriptures. Neighbors and shut-ins always have needs, and many are alone with no family to help. We can change a light bulb, take out the garbage, take them a dinner plate, or mow their grass. If we sincerely pray about it, God will open doors for us to help and encourage others.

Jesus lived out His ministry by doing good and serving others. He admonished the disciples not to seek to be served but to serve one another. He said whatever we do for the least of others, we do for Him. We are to be good stewards by serving one another in love.

God says that we will reap at just the right time if we do not give up or lose heart.

What can you do to bless or impact someone?

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Karen Huffaker is a freelance Christian writer. She has taught children’s Sunday school and single mom’s Bible studies and written poetry. She is from the Deep South and loves reading Christian books, devotionals, genealogy adventures, fishing, and all things family. She is also passionate about her grandchildren’s sporting events. 

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