Parents want the best for their children, and they do that by teaching them to do good and make wise decisions.
Most of the time, we make good decisions and don’t want to let our parents down.
When I started my big boy job, I worked at the same place as my father. He had a fantastic reputation, and the one thing I didn’t want to do was tarnish that reputation.
In many ways, this is how we honor our parents and those that paved the way for us.
In the book of Hebrews, the author says,
“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”Hebrews 13:16
During this holiday season, we have the power to be generous in new ways and do good.
Even in this unusual year, we might lose sight of the second part of this verse – share with those in need.
The homeless understand the generosity of so many people, especially when it comes to providing shelter, jackets, blankets, food, and medicine.
You don’t have to be homeless to share a little Christmas cheer with those who need it. Someone could be having a down day, and your smile or kind words could meet them where they need it most.
What I love about this verse is the ending – “These are the sacrifices that please God.”
Do you see your smile, kind word, or a larger than normal tip as a sacrifice? Maybe the tip part, but certainly not a smile or a kind word.
When so much is punching us in the gut, take a few minutes today to do good, share with someone in need, and do it sacrificially.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of your love, grace, and provision. Please help us to be a light in a dark world by living sacrificially and doing good in Your name. Amen!