What's The Catch?
I saw a man cut in line at the super market. The gentleman he cut was angry. The angry man protested, "What do you think you're doing?"
"I'm getting in front of you, because I want to pay for your groceries."
A confused expression crosses the angry man's face. "You want to what? No, no don't do that. I won't owe you."
This time of year inspires good.
Believe it or not, we don't always know how to accept good or gifts. In life we have been jaded. We expect a hook or a catch, "What's the catch?"
In an episode of "The Office" Dwight gets everyone bagels, with the catch they will owe him. Andy, Dwight's co-worker, is determined to out-give Dwight so he won't owe him.
Why do we do good deeds? What is a good deed? Life jades us, perhaps you have done a good deed that has come back to haunt you. "No good deed goes unpunished." People don't react the way we want them to. A good deed requires no expectations.
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
The look on the angry gentleman's face when he was offered to have his groceries paid for was priceless. His anger melted away. Then a look of suspicion grew over his features. He didn't want this man to get one over on him, but he relented and said thank you. The affect of good changes our attitude. It disarms our violent nature. It sparks hope.
Once his groceries were paid for, he turned and said, "I'm paying for his behind me."
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men (Luke 6:35).
Sure, some good deeds are not appreciated, worse it may cause us more grief or frustrations in our lives. It can be inconvenient. As Luke points out, Jesus knows a little about ungrateful and evil men. He died for those men and women, but he did it knowing the result.
Doing good is giving up control of others, it's giving up our expectations and hoping in humanity. It's the love of God in us that overflows to the world around us. It's following the example of Jesus. It's a sacrifice, it's not good unless it costs us something.
Ultimately it's seeing the value in others. It's seeing beyond our personal reality show and embracing value of the lives surrounding us. We have all been made in the image of God. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26, 27).
It's our desire to connect. "What can I do for each other?"
Good deeds will cost us and requires sacrifice, but is inspires hope and brings change.
May you do good deeds storing them up as treasures in heaven.
May you see change
May you experience the joy and hope of a good deed.
In His service and yours,