“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).
I remember when I was in high school. (I know, I know. It’s hard to believe I can remember that far back.) I remember taking a trip with some friends to visit a college in Chicago to see if we might want
to go there after graduation. It was my first real experience in a big city. For the most part, I loved it. I loved the energy and the sights and sounds. It was so different from what I was used to.
That visit to Chicago was not only the first time I saw a big city, it was also the first time I saw homeless people.
I remember seeing a man sitting against the side of a building, asking for money. I remember a feeling of compassion wash over me. This poor man was desperate. He was alone in the world. Without a
second thought, I reached into my pocket and pulled out some money to give to him. It was the right thing to do.
I was happy to help. It meant that the small amount of money I had was now even smaller, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was that man. I will never forget that feeling. I will also never forget the feeling that I got after my friend informed me that the man was probably going to use my money to buy alcohol. In their opinion, my act of kindness was foolish.
Honestly, I struggled with God for the rest of the trip. We had an ongoing conversation about when to give and what circumstances were the right circumstances to give. The simple answer was that I was not responsible for how people responded to my kindness. I was only responsible to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading and let Him take care of the rest.
Galatians 6:10 says, “…as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone….” It doesn’t have a disclaimer attached. We may not see the response we want to our kindness, but God is working. He’s working in the people to whom we do good, and He’s working in us.
“Do not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
~PASTOR SUSAN B.