Do Something for Christ… Even if It Might Go Terribly!

I’m dusting off the old blog today because God has impressed something so strongly on my heart, and I hope to encourage you with it.

Christians, DO SOMETHING today for God.

Last week I was in the car with my friend Perry, and she said something that stuck with me.  We were talking about Jesus and she said, “I’m just so tired of talking and so ready to DO SOMETHING.

Her statement shocked (and convicted) me, because Perry IS a doer.  Already.  She and her husband have some incredible testimonies about various ways they’ve quietly DONE for others, but you wouldn’t know it about them right away because they keep their generosity private and don’t ask for human praise.

But recently, one of their good deeds was more public than usual.

The short story:
Perry’s husband Peyton is a “mentor” through a faith-based program.  He mentors a remarkable 18 year old college freshman named Demetrius.  Recently, Demetrius confided to Peyton that he’d found a prepaid WalMart Visa card in the parking lot at his work, and scanned the balance to find over $10,000 on the card.  Demetrius could have used that money, but he did an incredibly honest thing and turned the card in to his local WalMart.

Peyton was so proud of Demetrius.  So Peyton set up a Go Fund Me account, hoping to reward and encourage Demetrius’ character, and help him buy a working car.  Peyton only told Demetrius about the account after he found out that Demetrius had begun car shopping.

It is a simple, sweet, uplifting story about a young man of character, and about our friends who are willing to JUST DO SOMETHING to act for Jesus.

But…
the local news (which friends kindly got involved to raise awareness/fund for the Go Fund Me account) has since taken a different spin on the story.

And now, people are questioning Demetrius’ character, as well as Peyton and Perry’s character.

The young man Peyton was hoping to encourage is now being accused as a scam artist.  It’s just not true.  I’m not sure how WalMart Visa’s work, or whether the WalMart employee Demetrius returned the card to pocketed it, or whether the card that Demetrius found was a fake.  But the bottom line is this: Demetrius thought he had $10,000 in hand, with no one watching to see what he’d do with it.  And yet, he did the right thing.

Which brings me to my point.

One reason Christians so often fail to JUST DO SOMETHING for Jesus is because we fear the repercussions.  Peyton and Perry sure didn’t expect this storm to hit, simply because they wanted to encourage their friend.

So what’s the answer?
Mother Teresa said it best:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.
You see,
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

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