Doing Good

Acts of goodness impact our lives in many ways. Often doing one good act leads to other good acts because it creates a positive momentum of energy. I think in part it’s because doing good feels good. Knowing that we have helped another person or contributed to their happiness and well being feels good, and often is a reward in it’s own. The more we tap into that goodness, the more likely we are to continue building that positive momentum. 

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17

Everything that is good comes from God, because God is good. All goodness is a reflection of the One who created it. Goodness stems from inside each of us, and as this characteristic of the Spirit is rooted in our lives, and begins to bear fruit reflective of that goodness. We have the ability to cultivate goodness in our lives by choosing to do good.

Each time we choose to do good, that outward act of goodness reflects the nature of God’s Spirit within us. The more we exercise this characteristic, the easier it becomes to tap into that goodness. 

I remember once being at Costco with my kids. My husband was out of town, my kids were fighting over what drink, and I felt like I was about to lose it. A woman came up to me, handed me her cup, and said, “I don’t need a drink, so one of your kids can have my cup.” She smiled and said she has been in my shoes and understood. This woman’s act of goodness came in the form of kindness. She knew what it was like to be in my place, and she was in a place where she could provide a kind word and good deed to help another. 

It’s simple things like this that remind me there is goodness in the world. Goodness feeds into goodness and has the ability to make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others. 

African believes have a saying they often use in worship and in greeting one another. 

“God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good." 

God is good, and God gives goodness so that we can share that goodness with others. Is there something that has been placed on your heart this week that reflects the goodness of the Spirit? In what ways are you able to cultivate that goodness in your life?