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Change the world . . . with your good deeds

New Year Devotion Series, Part 3

“There is no reward equal to that of doing the most good to the most people in the most need.”

—Evangeline Booth

When you think about the word “community,” what are your immediate thoughts? Perhaps images of homes nestled in a neighborhood or people chatting in local gathering spots? The word community is derived from the words “common” and “unity,” which really means people sharing a uniting place or set of values.

The building blocks of communities are the shared connection and good deeds of its citizens. These good deeds have a ripple effect, flowing through the community to inspire others. Not only that but, when we do good for others, good tends to come back to us. The Bible instructs us in Matthew 5:16, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

It’s important for us to always do good deeds from a pure heart without pridefulness. Below are some examples of good deeds you can do in your community this week:

  • Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry
  • Help an elderly or disabled neighbor with yard work or chores
  • Visit someone in a nursing home

Further Reading:

Matthew 25:34-40 | James 2:14-18 | Titus 2:7-15