Looking back over the last few years, it seems like many of my problems stem from trying to help somebody else. I hear the whisper of the old saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” No appreciation. No immediate reward. Today, my whole day has been consumed by doing for other people when I feel the need /obligation to focus more on me and mine. This “no good deed” saying is so prevalent, I sometimes fight saying it several times a day, especially today.
But it is not God’s attitude, He encourages that I should:
7 not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
As I was at wits end, my phone rang and it was one of my best friends. He had a client that did not have a place to stay for the night and wanted to see if I had any ideas. Convicted by my selfish attitude through the day, I invited him to stay with us. He apparently had not eaten well or had the comforts of home recently. Somewhat resentingly, we served him the largest portion and I pulled out all the things we had been hoarding for a special occasion. As our guest enjoyed himself, God did a work in me and I ended up having a blessed evening.
Recommitment for tomorrow: Wake up Do good Repeat.
©2014 Brandon L. Blankenship (Source excluded) Alabama Birmingham Hoover Pelham
As to quote: This famous quip was first quoted in print by Luce’s social secretary Letitia Baldrige in Roman Candle (Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1956), 129: “When I would entreat her to engage in resolving a specific case, she replied, ‘No good deed goes unpunished, Tish, remember that.'” Oscar Wilde, Billy Wilder, and Andrew W. Mellon have also been cited as sources, but without written evidence.
As to scripture, Scripture taken from Galatians in the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation may terminate this permission at any time.
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