Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Vicki and I were blessed to spend a few days in Atlanta, Ga. with our grandson, Trae. We also spent time with Rayford, Candice, Timothy and a friend, Shelby. It was a great time as we were able to watch three of Trae’s games and just relax.

Now I want to say that mine and Vicki’s idea of relaxing are in totally different realms. We went to malls and shopping centers. When we went to the games we even had to go to the Hawk’s Store so Vicki could ‘gather up a few things’. Those few things turned into a small suitcase we had to borrow from Candice! It was crazy!

I won’t bore you with all the details of the trip, but there is something that I do want to share with you. So often we get used to seeing certain things that take place that we overlook them. Then when we move beyond our norm, those things come back to the forefront of our minds.

One thing I saw so much of was individuals moving alongside the road, standing on a corner or just showing the signs of struggling to provide for themselves. It seemed like no matter what part of the city we were in someone was there that exhibited signs of homelessness and being in some type of distress.

Regardless of where you might be there is going to be someone that is facing a situation that has brought them down. Yes, much of the time we will see the physical needs. We see the struggles they may be facing and how they are dealing with it.

But what we must not forget is that there are many going through the spiritual struggles that are bringing them down. I recognize that the spiritual struggles can be more difficult to see, but as God leads us, we will be able to see them.

The issues that are being faced are issues that we must be ready to address in whatever way we can. Paul wrote to the church in Galatia about what is best. He wrote in Galatians 6:9-10 -- 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

I recognize that he made reference to the ‘household of faith’ but he wrote ‘let us do good to all people’. “All people” are those standing beside or walking along the road, as well as those whom we may know. We must not forget those whom we encounter may stand in need. Like Paul said – ‘let us do good to all people.’

As we stood in line at a fast food place a man was in front of us who kept looking at the change in his hand to see what he could order for him and his friend. Just about that time, Candice stepped up and told the cashier that she would pay for their order.

I can’t begin to tell you how much they appreciated what she had done. They told her thanks several times. Did she have to do that? Not at all, but in order ‘to do good to all people’ this was a step she took. She didn’t do it so they would say thanks but in order to follow the call of her heart.

The writer of Hebrews wrote in 13:15-16 -- 15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. 16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Just as those two men were pleased with the gift they received, God was pleased with what Candice did for those men. While we could see the results of that action, others we may not see. But one thing I can tell you is this – God sees our hearts and is honored when we surrender to do good.

So, will you do good for someone today?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul