Have you ever wondered when you will be paid back for all the good things you have done? Do you feel discouraged, thinking you have contributed a lot but have not received much? You are not alone. You are among other millions of “good doers” who spend their energy and resources to build other people and society. Without a proper understanding of the purpose of doing good, one may be weary and feel like discontinuing their effort. Genuine “good doers” do not really expect much in return, especially at the beginning. They do good for the sake of “good”. They found purpose, a greater purpose, in doing good even if there will be no recompense.
Meanwhile, it is important to note that doing good is also like sowing a seed. In that case, expecting something good from doing good is okay. Depending on the species of the plant, seeds have different lengths of time for germinating and the plant takes different lengths of time to become fully grown. If you are expecting a harvest from what you sow, you will need to wait for the length of time it takes. It is also important to note that whatsoever anyone sows are what they will reap. If you planted corn, you would harvest corn, maybe in a couple of months, and only once. If you planted a cocoa tree, you may wait a few years to begin harvesting but will reap the reward for several years.
When we do good, we feel a sense of accomplishment. We feel the joy of sowing something for which a harvest may be expected whether we benefit from it or not. Doing good may come in different forms and shapes. You may spend your time and resources helping others. You may be a good parent to your children. You may provide training and mentoring for the next generation. You may be a positive and resourceful contributor at work. You may work to be a model of character and sound moral judgement for others. You may spend your life serving humanity. Whatsoever is the case or your reason for doing good, doing good is good business.
Actions for the week
A quote to remember
“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.” – The Bible (Matt 12:33 NLT)
Until another time,
Dele Ola, Award-Winning Author of Be A Change Agent
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