Measuring goodness…


My daughter Bella and I were having a bedtime talk and somehow we got on the subject of Godly people. She said, “I know good people Mom they go to church…or they have money but not both. Oh! And they are pretty.” Innocent enough as it was it scared me and made me cringe all at the same time.  How did she get this impression? I saw her future disappointment of people in my mind. Isn’t that what the world tells us though? If we go to church, have money, or we’re pretty than it’s good. But it isn’t always true is it? Going to church doesn’t mean that we are good. What determines our goodness is how we love. I also thought about how Bella would measure herself. I don’t want her goodness to be about her beauty, her wealth, or her church attendance. I don’t want her picking her friends based on those things either. I want her to evaluate herself based on how she treats others; and choose her friends based on how they treat other people. We had a long conversation about love that night.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
-E.E. Cummings

So I want to tell you like I told her. None of us are good with out God. God is love. People who are truly good hearted love. Most importantly People who are good and know God show love to others. Not only to those in need but also to those who the world says are not are not good enough, like the poor, or the unchurched. Good people are hard to find so remember those you do find are still a work in progress show grace to them. Just like you and I are still a work in progress.

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.1 John 4:20

If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; Deuteronomy 15:7

He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him. Proverbs 14:31

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.Proverbs 21:13

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.James 2:15

If one of you tells him, “Go in peace; stay warm and well fed,” but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that? James 2:16

My you be blessed and encouraged.

©2016 Annette Burke

4Her Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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