Good Deeds - Thoughtful Giving
“So let's not get tired of doing what is good.”
~ Galatians 6:9a
One day an old yellowed newspaper clipping caught my eye. It said, “Thou shalt ever be mindful of the fact that thou art passing this way but once, that lost opportunities cannot be recovered, that rash steps cannot be retraced, and that a friendly word or helping hand will lighten the burden and brighten the journey for both thy neighbor and thyself.”
Recently the Associated Press wrote about a good deed that was conducted by a gentleman in Abilene, Texas at a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant. This gentleman, who said his name was “John”, went through the drive-thru lane and placed his order. When he handed over his money to pay for his order, he gave the person at the window 10-$100 bills, and told the worker, “he wanted to pay for everyone behind him (in line) for as long as the cash lasted.” The franchise owner, reported that the money paid for food for 88 vehicles.
“John” also told them, “he just wanted to make everyone's Monday better”. His actions would have many customers behind puzzled, and shocked. The owner said, a lady just had an awful day, and we told her the story and she started crying.
Why did “John” pick out Chick-fil-A to do the good deed? The article gave no reason, but I would like to share a thought or two. Could it be that his actions were because Chick-fil-A's mission statement is based on the Christian foundation and “John” agrees with them? Chick-fil-A follows their Christian beliefs as their corporate purpose is to: Glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A. Christian values are integrated into the corporation from the top down. It is even mandatory that all its 1600 nationwide restaurants must close on Sunday because it is the Sabbath.
In no way am I suggesting that you take out your wallet and pull out 10-$100 bills to do the same thing as “John”. However, there are a lot of good deeds that you can do that cost you very little or no money.
For example, the other day I was walking out of a store and a gentleman held the door open for me while I exited. Did that good deed cost him money? Of course not, but I remembered it because it does not happen very often anymore.
More examples of good deeds and thoughtful giving are: a friend of mine always took a plate of homemade cookies as a welcome gift to anyone who had just moved into the neighborhood. She was also the first one to volunteer to babysit to help a mother when she needed someone to watch her children.
The Bible gives us instructions as to what a good deed might be in the Book of Matthew and the Book of Luke. It is where Jesus taught what is commonly known as the Golden Rule. He said, “Do for others what you would like them to do for you.” This is straight forward teaching, is it not? Oswald Chambers wrote, “This verse is our Lord's standard for practical ethical conduct.”
Good deeds and thoughtful giving are ways that we can express God's love. Think of ways you can unselfishly give to others and put a smile on someone's face.
Lord God, thank You for being loving, patient, and kind to us. Help us to remember to be loving, patient, and kind to others. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington