“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

The Christian women in the village decided to give the new pastor and his wife firewood for a year. For three hundred and sixty-five days, these church ladies went about the task of bringing the precious fuel to the pastor’s house. Sometimes they chopped the wood, but other times they collected it from the bush. If a woman wasn’t able to do it, she took the responsibility of getting another lady to complete the task.

Everyone took notice of their faithful dedication and sacrificial gift to the new pastor.

At the end of the year, the minister thanked and praised all the women for their labor of love and generosity. They became lights in the dark village of paganism. Around the evening campfires the unbelievers talked of the ladies who had unselfishly given to the pastor. Their good deeds were bright beams that led the way for unbelievers to come to the Lord.

This makes me think of actions speaking louder than words. How many times do we say, “I’m sorry, what can I do for you?” It might be a stronger witness to find something to do that would help the person and then do it.

“Let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father.”




About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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