Chapter-a-Day Matthew 6

Samaritan
When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do
it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived
you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out
. Matthew 6:4 (TM)

Never underestimate the quiet impact one person can have on another.

A few years ago, my Great Aunt shared with me her experiences of going through a divorce back in a day when women had far fewer options. Raising two children on her own was difficult and she scraped by making ends meet. During that time, my grandparents would regularly make the three hour drive to check on her and make sure she was alright.

You have to understand that my grandfather was a stingy ol’ cuss. He had a reputation for thrift that lives on in family legend to this day. My Great Aunt, however, tearfully recalled that during this dark period of her life my grandfather quietly made a difference in her life. After each of my grandparents regular visits, she would find a $50 bill on top of her refrigerator. In those days, $50 was no small gift. No words were ever spoken. She never expected the help and my Grandfather never expected so much as a "thank you".

We don’t often hear about quiet gestures of love or random acts of kindness. Media and the marketplace make more money by sensationalizing tragedy and playing to our fears. It’s easy to feel lost in life, wondering "What difference can I possibly make?" Plenty. One small act of love at time.

Never underestimate the quiet impact you can have on another person’s life.

Who can I help today?

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