Today's scriptures: Galatians 6:9-10
“… do good to all people …”
Sometimes it seems we try, really try, to do as Paul commands. But sometimes
it’s easy to lose heart. We smile and wish a good morning to that cranky
checker, and she sneers. We write a nice note to our child’s teacher, and all
we get is a “can’t you keep your child under control?” call in return.
We cook our spouse’s favorite dinner, the one that takes hours to prepare, and
he wolfs it down before plopping down to watch the game—not a “thank you” to be
heard. We patiently listen to our parent’s weekly tirade, and then even more
patiently listen to her complaints about us.
Or we volunteer to work on that church committee, and the first twenty minutes
of the weekly meeting is spent sharing the latest gossip.
Oh, yes, it’s easy to lose heart and grow weary.
When I was a child, my mom would always tell me that if I didn’t let people’s
meanness or selfishness get to me, often they’d stop what they were doing—at
least to me. It took me a while, but I finally got that old adage: It’s easier
to attract flies with honey rather than vinegar.
Kindness—doing good—really does impact people. And not playing the martyr or
sighing in self-pity. If we genuinely strive to do good to all people,
sometimes they’ll be influenced to do good to us.
Eventually, that checker might smile back. That teacher may say, “Thank you.”
That spouse may cook instead. That parent may say, “I’m proud of you.”
But even if they don’t, we can be assured of one thing: Our heavenly Father is
smiling—and He’s very proud.