Several years ago, Jim suggested that we as a couple read through the life of Christ every three months, or four times a year. I was shocked at first — this sounded impossible to do on top of an already intense schedule built around a busy and bustling household and a man in the ministry.
But then Jim explained that doing this would require us to read only one chapter a day, or about five minutes at the most.
I’m sure you can imagine the blessings that would arrive each day as we touched and tasted and handled just one chapter of our Savior’s exemplary life.
A Life of Goodness
Jesus’ life was a life of goodness — He went about doing good (Acts 10:38). I invite you also to pore over the life of Christ — just one chapter a day, just five minutes a day. When you do, you’ll witness how...
- Jesus stopped to touch and heal the leper.
- Jesus stopped to raise the widow’s son.
- Jesus stopped to heal the woman with the issue of blood.
- Jesus stopped to touch and heal the woman’s bent-over back.
- Jesus held and blessed the little children.
- Jesus stopped to heal the blind man beside the road.
- Jesus stopped to talk to Zacchaeus.
As you can see, these are just a few of Jesus’ wonderful acts of kindness — all found in the book of Luke, just one of the four wonderful gospels. Now, you do your own study. Pore over the life of your Savior each and every day, keep a running record of His goodness and kindness, and “go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).
Each week I create a list for my family and a list for my friends. I list names and then I try to think of at least one act of kindness I would like to extend to each person during the week. Then I transfer these acts to my daily plan. What a joy it’s been to plan for kindness.
We’re all busy, but may the Lord help us to never be too busy for kindness and goodness! The woman who is good dispenses what is good and beneficial. Just as a pharmacist dispenses the medicines that will heal, so we plan to dispense the medicines that promote the lives of others. And don’t forget to act on your plan.
Be as kind as you can today. You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know when it will be too late to carry out that deed.
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Amen. (prayer by unknown author)
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Pray and ask the Lord for names of people He would like you to do good to this week. Mark their names and your act of kindness on your calendar…then follow through!
Doing good doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be texting a prayer, carpooling with a neighbor’s child who is at your children’s school, listening to a widow share about her wedding day. What can you do this week?
Christian character is not expressed merely by good doing. It is to be godlike, to be like God. We must — and should — seek godliness, godly speech, personal discipline, and a ministry of encouraging others.