Doing good deeds can be a messy business; far messier than seems necessary.

Some people won’t appreciate your kindness.

Some people will be oblivious to your efforts and not even notice your actions.

Some people will attempt to take advantage of your generosity.

Some people will be rude to you or complain about your good deeds to others.

There will be times when you feel inadequate to make a difference when the challenges are so great.

You will ask yourself, “Does one small drop even matter in this massive ocean of need?”

People will misunderstand your motives and question your intentions.

Some will try to stop you.

In the midst of such messiness, you will question why you bother and feel like stopping.

It’s easier to do nothing.

It’s easier to be comfortable and self-absorbed.

It’s much easier to use your skills to benefit only yourself.

But before you do, remember, it’s always worth it.

They may not express gratitude, but you’ve still made a difference.

It may be only one person that you helped, but that person matters.

You may not always get it right, but at least you can say that you’ve tried.

You may wonder why you bother, but the alternative is much worse.

You may feel as though no-one is watching, but God delights in your kindness as you express His love for a hurting world.

It may seem messy, but it’s people like you who make the world a nicer and more pleasant place to live.

So if you’re one of those wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference despite the inevitable challenges that confront you…


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