Posted in Daily Living

One Small Action in your Life: Everything to Theirs


Smiling and holding the door for that lady at the post office.

Catching the cart of groceries about to mow you down and returning it to the mother strapping her two toddlers into the minivan.

Listening with both ears and your mind when a friend unloads her woes.

That lady might have buried her husband last month and her sister last week. Today, she feels unloved and invisible. With your simple act of kindness, you prove her wrong.

We should pattern ourselves after Jesus. His ministry is filled with small acts that had a big payoff in the lives of those he touched.

A woman, destitute when her son dies, sobs beside the casket. A simple word from Jesus and her son sits up, healthy and ready to provide for his mother. A minute for Jesus; a lifetime for her.

A crippled man can’t get through the crowds to see a man who had been healing everyone. Four men carry him to the roof, pull it apart and lower him into the middle of the room. This is more effort than some of us would give our family members. The Bible doesn’t  indicate whether or not these four men even knew the man they helped.

No need to relay what Jesus did when he saw that man. Jesus always had time for anyone who came to him. And there were thousands upon thousands.

God may send thousands into your path. Or he may send an old man, an overworked housewife and a young lady whose husband is leaving her for another woman.

Will you perform the one small act entrusted to you? It may change the life of the person you’re reaching out to help. It wasn’t an accident that your paths have crossed.

Just like it wasn’t chance that sat Bartimaeus on the road to Jericho. Or sent Zaccheus up into the tree. Jesus knew their needs, and he wanted to meet them.

Now he calls you to be his hands.  Jesus sends people into your day because he wants to meet their needs through you.

Who will you reach out and touch today?



Freelance writer and editor whose background in education and BA in English Language & Literature amps her love of all things books. Twenty years of parenting and 26 of marriage gives unique insight to her preferred audiences of women, young adults, and teenagers.

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