"For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do." (Heb. 6:10 NLT)
online sold my mailing address so now instead of just getting letters
from the few charities I can afford to support, I am also getting
letters from a dozen other charities asking for my help. One of my more
cynical friends spouted the old adage, "No good deed ever goes
unpunished." I just smiled and didn't argue knowing it wouldn't change
his mind. My own mind, however, was remembering another moment from many
It was a windy, snowy day in December. I was a young
Dad who had saved just enough cash to buy my children a few presents for
Christmas. As I walked to the store I saw the Salvation Army kettle with
a man ringing a bell standing beside it. Next to him was his daughter, a
little girl no more than three feet tall, bundled up against the biting
cold. I took a dollar bill out of my wallet and dropped it into the
kettle. As the man was thanking me, though, I felt a pressure on my
legs. I looked down and saw that the little girl was giving me her own
thank you hug. I smiled down at her, bent down and hugged her back. Then
I went inside feeling a warmth that no winter wind could ever take away.
Thinking back on that moment in time reminded me that no good deed
ever goes unrewarded. We may not always get an instantaneous, heart-felt
hug but in time every act of giving, every act of goodness, and every
act of love that we make flows from heart to heart and soul to soul,
around the world and back to us again.
No good deed is ever
wasted. Every good deed brings a little bit of Heaven here to Earth.
Don't let this sometimes cynical world get you down then. Don't let the
problems and pains of life pull you from your purpose. Share your love
today! Give from your heart. Fill your life with acts of kindness. Let
God's light shine through everything you say and everything you do.
Joseph J. Mazzella