A smile...a cold coke...listening...an encouraging word...being there...a prayer...a note...a wave...a welcome...a pat on the back...a hug...holding a door...cleaning up...stopping by...a call...letting another go first...a teardrop...these kinds of small things (and many others like them) help comprise the cascade of good gifts our heavenly Father sheds upon the human family.

We think of these kinds of things as small and negligible, until we take the time to look back in our own lives and see the difference such things can make. The truth is, we are unable to fully take into account what God can accomplish with even a very small good gift or act. But even though we can’t trace all the ripples, it is vital for us to understand that what we do in this world, as believers, is not merely random and insignificant.

The good we are doing as Christ-followers is connected to God’s grand purpose for this world. And all of it matters. It counts! Every day our God quietly sends life-giving sunshine and rain to all kinds of people. Since the world began He’s been giving life and breath and all good things to all nations which He created from one man. (See Acts 17:25ff.)

And what is the hope He has behind such bountiful blessings? “...That men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (v.27). Every good gift done by God’s folk and every wonderful gift God grants every day the world keeps spinning are echoes of the “greatest, good gift” ever given when the Father offered His Son for the saving of our souls.

So then, friends, don’t grow weary in doing good stuff. Your “small” gift or act may help someone seek, reach out for and even find God. And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing? Christians are plugged into God’s grand purpose for all the world. And let’s remember that ultimately every good and perfect gift is from above...from the Father of the heavenly lights Who does not change (James 1:17).

Written and submitted by Doug Oakes, minister, Woodlawn Church of Christ, Zanesville; email my7acorns@gmail.com

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