“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10, NIV)
It’s been common to us in doing good. Giving alms to the poor, help those who are in need, give donations to the people affected by floods, typhoons or earthquakes, give Christmas and Birthday presents, showing respect to one another, caring for the elderly, giving best in our work and profession, going in the office on time, providing for family, etc. There’s a long list where we can do good. No problem on that, right? The problem lies on how long we can sustain in doing good. Can we keep going on in doing good to someone?
In one of our office Bible studies, I asked the group this question: “What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see a beggar on the street or beside a jeepney begging for money?” One person answered that it’s common to him; others said that they felt compassion or sympathy to the beggar especially to the old ones and children. Some, including me, would think twice to give if this beggar is worthy of my donation…trying to size up the physical feature of the poor person or is he/she in real need or just to support his/her vices or is this person just being used up by syndicates…and some are just too dependent and abusive.
Oftentimes, we give up in doing good especially what we are giving don’t give us back the benefits or the help that we give results to nothing…just a waste of money, time or effort.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born in Albania and at her young age, she decided to become a nun and was sent to Calcutta, India for missions. For 15 years, she was in the convent of the missionaries and was teaching at their Catholic high school. But she was disturbed. Disturbed by the presence of the sick and dying in the city’s streets. She felt called by GOD and left the convent to serve the poorest of the poor in Calcutta…in her words, “to leave the convent and help the poor, while living among them.” She founded the Missionaries of Charity and became the “Mother” to the Hindu Indians. Since then on, her passion and dedication had become a worldwide sensation and became a symbol of compassion to the poor and the sick. Mother Teresa received a Nobel Price award in 1979 in recognition for her outstanding Humanitarian work…her outstanding service to Humanity.
Apostle Paul said, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.”