Monday, March 23, 2009

Good Men, Do Something Good

I read and used a quote in a lesson Sunday evening that most attribute to Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” That quote is rapidly becoming a motivational thought for me, so I am sharing it with you in hopes that you and I will determine to get up out of the recliner, off the couch, step away from the computer, turn of the cell phone, step outside, and get busy being good husbands or wives, fathers or mothers, sons or daughters, neighbors, students, teachers, preachers, friends, or just plain good.

I do not see a need to remind you and I what "good" is; we remember. We have all the basic knowledge stored away in our hearts. We know how to treat other people with kindness, mercy and love; we know how to demonstrate mercy and justice. All we need to do is to step out and do the good we know to do. Within the context of demonstrating loving service, Jesus said, "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." (Jn 13:17). Get busy!

I leave you with another thought from scripture, "And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil." (Lk 6:31-35).

Good men (and women) get out there and do the good we know to do.

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