08 Feb What can I do to make a difference?
Read 1 Samuel 16:14-23
Thought for the Day: God wants me to serve others!
Growing up in Rhode Island, I had the opportunity to participate in the “Feinstein Good Deeds Club”. Each month, all of my classmates and I were challenged to do random acts of kindness for others. This wasn’t a simple one-off initiative, announced with fanfare and quickly forgotten. Instead, being part of the Good Deeds Club was an integral part of my elementary school experience. Because of it, we learned the importance of taking time to serve the people in our daily lives.
After he was anointed by Samuel, young David was given the opportunity to serve King Saul. This meant he served the leader he would eventually succeed. King Saul faced more than the challenges of leading a large kingdom. He was also prone to fits of rage and had a troubled spirit. But David, the shepherd boy, knew the importance of taking time to serve others. This is why “David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed”. While David couldn’t solve all of the King’s problems, he was a talented musician and could make a small difference.
Like with David, God asks us to see the opportunities we have to make even a small difference. In whatever way we serve others, we can learn the importance of consistently helping out. Anyone can show up one time. The way we make a real difference is to show up time and time again. Perhaps it’s time to start our own Good Deeds Club!
Pastor David (and Stan)