Daily Inspiration

January 21, 2016

Be Kind And Give Unselfishly

“Do for others what you would like them to do for you.”

~Matthew 7:12

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”.

A recent article in the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper detailed how members of the Temple Beth Shalom blessed others on Christmas Day. About 30 volunteers from the Temple Beth Shalom gave their unselfish service, time and talent to brighten Christmas Day for the area's first responders. The volunteers were between the ages of 14 and 75. The group cooked and delivered roughly 125 hot meals to the workers.

The first responders were the local police department, the county sheriff's office 911 Communications Center, the county jail, and the Interfaith Emergency Services. On Christmas morning the volunteers formed a caravan which consisted of about five cars and trucks to deliver the hot meals. The delicious meal consisted of roast turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, ziti, and all types of baked goods, including breads, cakes, and pecan pies.

Although the members of the Temple Beth Shalom do not celebrate Christmas Day, they gave their unselfish service to honor the local first responders. Their thoughtful expression of kindness was a way to say thank you to some of the people who protect their town. The members have plans for next year's Christmas Day. The plan will add emergency medical and fire personnel, and possibly double the number of meals. It will take a lot of thoughtful preparation to accomplish that plan.

In the Book of Acts there is an example of expressing kindness and the providing of unselfish service. Dorcas was a famous lady dressmaker who lived in the town of Joppa. She was a believer in Jesus Christ. She was well known in her community for her charity work and doing kind things for others. Among the many good deeds that she performed were the designing and stitching of coats and other garments for the widows and the poor of her church and community. She was aware of God's plan for her and she carried it out!

God's people should not wait until it is too late to show kindness and offer unselfish service to others. Why not begin today to show kindness by giving a pleasant smile to a person whom you do not know. Offer to drive a person who does not drive to an appointment or grocery store.

Expressing kindness and offering your unselfish service, like the members and volunteers of the Temple Beth Shalom, and Dorcas the seamstress, is never lost by the giver, or the recipient. Jesus Christ stated: “If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”.

Lord God, thank You for showing us how to be kind. Help us to be aware of when to offer our unselfish service to others. Amen.

~ Ann Brock Ludington

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