Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 30: Doing Good

Procrastination. Why do we do it? We have all sorts of excuses that keep us from the things we should be doing today. 

We usually procrastinate because we don't like the task that lies ahead of us or just out of pure laziness...

 but sometimes we procrastinate in doing good.  

Unfortunately, I'm very guilty of this! In my heart I have good intentions of doing good things for others that I never get to.  Sometimes I'm too busy, other times I put it off for the "right" moment.  Whatever my excuses, these good things don't always happen.
Lately,  I've felt really convicted.  I've come to realize that I have to make the time instead of wait for the right time. Lets face it, our lives are busy and the right time isn't when we have nothing to do, but when the opportunity presents itself.  

Most of you have heard the saying, "Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today."  But have you read the scripture,

James 4:17
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Our lives here on earth have a purpose and in doing good we are being Jesus' hands and feet, therefore, living lives that have meaning.  When we overlook opportunities that we know God himelf puts in front of us, it's considered a sin. 

So what does doing good look like?

Its simpler than we think. Here are some examples: 

having a listening ear
meeting with a hurting friend
preparing a meal for someone
giving the gift of time to someone who's alone
sending a word of encouragement
helping someone out when they need a hand
anything nice that shows someone you're thinking about them 

Doing good doesn't have to be anything elaborate, it just needs to be wrapped
in  LOVE.

It's also an act we can extend daily by looking at others the way God looks at us...with compassion and love and a tender heart that looks to serve the way we have been served by our Heavenly Father.

Since I recognize how these oportunities can often slip by, I have made something physical to remind me. I know... it's an oxymoron to "plan" random acts of kindness...but it's really just a reminder not to put my to-do list before people.  It's part of my weekly planner and it will help me remember to daily "do good."

 Proverbs 3:28
Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
The day to do good is today.

So what's been tugging at your heart? What good has God called you to do today?

Romans 2:7
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

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