In his sermon on Sunday, our Senior Pastor used one of my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa:
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
This quote reminds me of one of my favorite scripture passages, found in Galatians 6:9-10: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
I like that verse 10 says “as we have opportunity” not “as we feel like it.” Sometimes doing good can be tiring. It can require us to love others when we don’t want to, get up early or stay late to help out, or befriend someone who is different from us. God gives us opportunities to “do good” all of the time… but I know that my eyes are not always open to those opportunities, and that sometimes I purposely ignore them. There are times in my life where I have purposefully prayed for God to open my eyes to the opportunities He presents, and I have always been blessed by these moments to “do good,” even when they required me to step out of my comfort zone or my personal plan for the day.
Who has God placed in your path that needs to experience God’s love this week? How have you demonstrated God’s love this week? Share a time when you have “done good” when you didn’t necessarily feel like it – how did you feel afterwards?