Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:34-40

By Lee Bellows

In this day and age, it is hard at times to see the good that is happening in our world.  We are so inundated with the “bad” things that are going on that we forget that good still far outweighs the bad.  The good is there and it is right in front of us in our everyday lives. 

It is the one who hands the person standing on the corner a $5 bill.  It is the one who helps at a soup kitchen or gathers food for the local food pantry.  It is the one who visits the sick, lonely, home bound or grieving person.  It is the one who would literally give another person the shirt off their back. It is the one devoting their lives to missionary work.   Those that perform these acts of genuine kindness do it through selflessness and are only thinking of others.

Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a nurse.  I had a desire to help others and what better way than through my nursing.   I even had a dream to join the Peace Corps and help others worldwide.  That dream never came to be, but it was never lost on me. 

On my first mission trip I realized more about my passion to do mission work.  Above and beyond being a nurse this was a feeling I had never experienced before.  Being in another country and experiencing and seeing things outside my “little bubble” really opened my eyes.  I had a newfound understanding and love of mission work and was excited to share it with others in our church.  The support has been overwhelming.  You do not need to travel to other countries to do mission work.  The need is both near and far for our brothers and sisters.

Most of us want to help everyone and to change the world for the better but that is a near impossible feat.  Instead, I challenge you to do at least one thing to change a person’s life by providing food, clothing, transportation, maybe hand out that $5 bill, or something as simple as a visit.  By doing these things it is the same as helping Jesus (Matthew 25: 34-40).         If they should ask you why you are helping them, then there is the opportunity to share Jesus and his word with them.