152. Doing Good and Doing Well

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“There’s a difference,” Stan began, “between doing good and doing well.”

Continuing, he said, “As I remember it, James Michener’s book Hawaii begins with something like ‘The missionaries went to Hawaii to do good, and ended up doing quite well!’”

“Just like so many things,” I responded, “there’s a balance that is to be maintained.”

“Exactly,” Stan said.

“There was a time,” Stan continued, “when I was so focused on doing well in the world, that I made no time for doing good.”

He then added, “Through Christ I have abundant life.  And that may or may not mean a life of abundance.”

“If I have been given abundance, I am not just to get more stuff that keeps me from focusing on what is truly important.”

Continuing, Stan then said, “I am to share that abundance.  I am to be used by God to answer the prayers of those who are praying to have enough.”

He then said, “there is nothing wrong with doing well, but I absolutely have to not forget the doing good part.”

And he added, “Contrary to the bumper sticker I see sometimes, the person who dies with the most toys does not win!”

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So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.  Galatians 6:10.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for all of your provision.  Thank you for giving me life and abundant life.  You know how often I want to hoard for myself your provision that goes beyond what I need.  Please forgive me for that.  And please help me to focus only on what you want me to do with what you provide.  Bring to me all of the people you want me to help.  Please use me as you want to answer the prayers of those who are in need.  Thank you that I can help.  And thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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