Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2022
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17
I share the following with permission from my wife:
Recently, I took my 1-year-old grandson to the grocery store. I only needed two items, so we were going to zip in and out. The sweet little guy fell asleep on the way there, so I grabbed a small cart to help me out. Do you know how heavy a sleeping baby is? Sweat was starting to form as I went aisle to aisle. When I walked up to the self-checkout area, I was relieved to see that they weren’t busy. The only person around was the employee who was assigned to work the area. I scanned the items and clicked “pay now,” and that’s when the challenge began. I was still carrying my sleeping grandson when I finally got my purse off my shoulder and put it in my cart. I opened it but had a difficult time getting my credit card out. Do you know how hard it is to get something out that is stuck using only one hand? I looked up at the employee, hoping she would walk over and offer some help, but to no avail. I finally managed to get the card out with one hand. As I walked out of the store, I couldn’t help but think about that employee. Sure, it wasn’t like I was dying, but it would’ve made my day if she had offered a hand. I wonder how many opportunities we also miss to be the true hands and feet of Jesus.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:2 This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for our blessings and for the opportunity to bless others.
Author: Mark Knapp, Beck's Chaplain
Categories: CropTalk, 2022