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Do It Today!

     The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

    How often have you said, “I really should visit Aunt Emma,” or “I’m going to write a note of appreciation to my child’s teacher.”  Most of us have good . . . even great . . . intentions.  We plan large and wonderful activities.  But somehow we just “run out of time” to do them all.

    However, there’s always time for the small deeds.  Today I received a note from someone I work with, just a few words of appreciation.  No big fanfare. No shiny plaque.  Just a handwritten note that probably took a minute or two to write.  But that short letter changed my whole day.  I felt different about myself and those around me.

    Jesus recognized the value of the small deed.  Mark 10:41 records that Christ said, “Anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward” (NIV).  A glass of cold water.  Something that costs us virtually nothing.  Yet, to a thirsty person, that glass of water can be so refreshing.

    What can you do today to brighten someone’s life?  Write a letter?  Make a phone call? Bake a batch of cookies?  Don’t put it off.  Do it today and see what a difference it makes.

(Originally published in It’s A Great Life published by Central Assembly of God church in Springfield, MO, in 1986.)

Copyright © 2008-2015 Shirley Shedd

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