By Linda Edwards
I was sitting at the gym waiting for my husband to be finished exercising. A young father was coming through the door with a baby in a stroller and a toddler following behind. He looked like he had everything under control, but he did not. He was having difficulty. By the time I realized he was having problems getting in and could use my help, he was in and headed to the front desk. I thought to myself, “I should have helped him; that would have been a Godly Act of Love.” But, God is the God of second chances. A few minutes later, an elderly lady was coming in through a door much further away from me. I jumped up, hurried to the door and asked if I could help. She gave me the biggest smile and said thank you. Her husband was parking the car and would be in soon. Now, whenever I am sitting there I look for someone to help.
I had been sick with bronchitis for two weeks and didn’t have much opportunity for a Godly Act of Love. As I began feeling better, I decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies. I was having lunch the next day with friends I used to work with and decided I would give each of them some treats. After we had lunch I pulled out the cookies and told them how much each of their friendships meant to me. I ended up with one extra bag of cookies. One of my friends had brought her 5 year old grandson. Even though I had given her a bag which I knew she would share with him, I gave him the extra cookies. The smile he gave me was priceless, especially when I told him he could share with his dad. I didn’t know a smile could get so big. I think a Godly Act of Love brings as much or more joy to the person giving than the person receiving.