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"... do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great."
When I was a child, I remember going to the hardware store, along with doing some other chores on a Saturday, with my grandmother. She was well-known and liked among the merchants that she dealt with because she had been a resident of that town since my mother was a child.
One day, she left a hedge clipper with the owner of the hardware store, requesting it be sharpened, and when we got there, it was incredible.It looked like new and was as sharp as a knife. My grandmother asked him how much it would be for that good service, and he said to her, "There's no charge for that little bit of work." She kept insisting that he take some money, but I will never forget that wonderful man's reply. “Mrs. Stankie,” he said, “can't you let a Christian do something now and then -- just to stretch his soul?'
We live in such a selfish, materialistic world that we seem to expect pay for everything we do. As a result, we are in danger of becoming shriveled up with greed and self-centeredness.
If you want to please the Savior, look for an opportunity today to help someone either materially or spiritually who cannot compensate you for your efforts. It will stretch your soul and make you a bigger person and a better Christian. The Lord delights to have us aid the needy, helpless, and neglected, for He knows that we are not doing it to get something in return, but because we truly love Him and have His heart of compassion for the sick, the destitute and the lost.
How long has it been since you have stretched your soul?
Louis Abel is pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.