I can’t believe summer is over (school started this Monday for some counties in South Florida!).
And then, I came across a story out of Minnesota a few weeks ago that encouraged, and yet challenged me. A wife lost her husband to a motorcycle accident, and as she received his belongings, his wedding ring was missing. Desperately she asked the police if it was anywhere else. When they assured her it wasn’t, she returned to the scene of the accident, frantically searching for his wedding ring.
She didn’t find it.
Later she told a friend who is also a biker, and soon a dozen friends and strangers who were bikers came to the scene of the accident to search the fields in waist-high weeds and grass. Finally, they found the husband’s glasses, and a flashlight that belonged to him.
And they found the precious ring covered in mud!
The wife was amazed at the lengths everyone went just to help her.
This beautiful story reminded me of the book of Galatians, which I have just finished studying in my quiet time, and specifically Galatians 6:9:
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (NLT)
Here’s my personal translation from the original language:
We should not become inwardly weak or tired of continually doing good, for indeed in time we ourselves will reap a harvest, if we don’t succumb and quit!
Yes, I’m tired.
Yes, I had so much more I wanted to accomplish this summer.
But this passage, and the stirring story above, remind me of one thing: as Christians, we should always look to “continue doing good” to everyone. It shouldn’t matter how we feel, how frustrated we might be, or whatever may be going on in our “personal bubble”. We can’t miss an opportunity to serve another person and take the time to share the love of God with them.
And, notice what else the verse says . . . we stand to “reap a harvest” if we don’t quit (doing good).
Scholars debate what that harvest may be, but I think it’s enough to know we made someone else’s day better and were able to be Christ-like to them.
How were we Christ-like?
By giving of ourselves.
Strangely enough, I’ve noticed when I’m tired, and at times frustrated and buried in unfinished work, if I take the time to give, I’m refreshed! I’m renewed! And, I am blessed knowing God used me to bless another person.
Isn’t that reward enough?
So . . . what are your plans for today?