Be Good to People
Posted by Joel Osteen on 11/8/2013
One day after service, I met an older gentleman. He was telling me that he had been at a pharmacy earlier that week to pick up a prescription. He thought his insurance would pay most of it. He ended up not having enough money when it was time to pay. In line behind him was a young man who attends Lakewood. He had just finished working out and ran into the drug store to get something to drink. He overheard the conversation between the cashier and the man and that he didn’t have enough money. The young man said to the older man, “You stay here. I’ll be back in ten minutes.” He ran home, got his wallet, came back and bought the man’s prescription.
As the older man was telling me the story, he was so excited and said, “Joel, I came to Lakewood today for the first time because if there are people like that at Lakewood, then I want to be here.”
Today, remember, sometimes just being good to people is better than preaching a sermon. Being kind, generous and compassionate speaks much louder than any words. We should have a goal every day to do at least one good thing for someone else. Don’t wait for a special occasion. It doesn’t have to be Christmas, a birthday or an anniversary. Bring your spouse some flowers. If you’re at the mall and see a blouse that would look good on your friend, buy it and take it to her. That young man who delivers pizza to your house, sometime for no reason at all, just bless him with an extra $20.
You can’t be good to everyone, but you can be good to the people God has placed in your life. Study them. Listen to what they are saying. Be sensitive to their needs. Go out of your way like this man did because you can make an eternal impact in someone’s life just by being good to them.
“And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.” (Titus 3:14, NKJV)