Choose to Do Good

There is a children’s book called, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. This is a story about a train that ran out of fuel. The cargo on this train was geared for children; it was full of toys and food. When the toys realized that they were stuck, they decided to ask the other engines that came along for help.

The first engine they encountered was a shiny passenger engine. That engine refused to help; she thought the task was beneath her. Next, they saw a big, strong engine. That engine also looked down on the cargo and refused to help. Finally, they saw a little blue engine. She didn’t look like she had the power to pull the cargo but she was willing to give it a try. It was difficult but she kept telling herself, “I think I can.”

When we look at this story, we can identify issues and people in the world around us. There are people who find themselves in difficulty; sometimes through no fault of their own, and they need help. The first engine thought she was too important to help. She felt that the cargo was beneath her. Sometimes we behave just like that train forgetting that Proverbs 3:27 NLT says, Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.”

The second train thought that he didn’t have time to pull the cargo because the cargo had no real value in his eyes. Sometimes, like this train we administer our own value system to rate others. James 2:3-4 cautions, “If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?” 

Finally, a little train came by and it was a challenge for her to pull that big train but she decided to offer her help. The toys were happy but she kept talking to herself saying, “I think I can.” She wanted to help and she made the first step. When the journey proved challenging, she didn’t run away. As people of faith, we are called to service. Some tasks will be easy and others will prove to be challenging. In those times, we can look to our God. Philippians 4:13 tells us, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” When you have the opportunity to do good, let’s do it.  “We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord.” (Galatians 6:10 CEV)

Feature of the Week: The Love Walk

Thought for Today: Friend, when the opportunity presents itself, choose to do good.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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