An unkempt man approached businessman David Speers on the street, saying, “You look like a friendly person. Will you do something for me? There is no one in the who cares if I live or die. Will you just think about me for a while? If I could believe that someone was thinking about me as a human being, it would be worth more than money or anything.” After making this piteous plea, he melted in the crowd.
The beggar referred to in Acts 3 probably felt much the same way. Most of the people who hurried past him scarcely noticed him. And the few who threw a coin into his container probably did so out of a sense of duty. Peter, however, stopped and fixed his attention on him. He acknowledged him to be a person of worth. But the apostle did so much more for the man. After getting his attention, he said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.” Then in Jesus’ name he healed him.
People are hungry for little assurances that someone cares about them. What a challenge to us who enjoy the love of family and friends! What an opportunity! In the name of Jesus, we can give a friendly smile, a word of encouragement, or a small gift. We can do a kind deed or share of our means to help someone in need. Like Peter, we must give what we have.
Let’s begin today to bring delight to as many as we can. Discouraged, lonely people will be helped. Any little kindness done in Jesus’ name can do wonders! – Herbert Vander Lugt
Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way. – Anon.
Be kind; remember, nearly everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- October 24, 1987, Our Daily Bread