Contribute to Good

“For the man who is kindly, modest, merciful and just will not keep his good works to himself but will see to it that these admirable fountains send out their streams for the good of others. Again, the man who is clean of heart, a peacemaker and ardent for truth will order his life so as to contribute to the common good.”

– Saint John Chrysostom

What are our good works? Our good works are our talents and skills. Every single one of us has been gifted with talents from God and we are called upon to use them for the benefit of others. “We have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function… Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:4-6)

Many different members come together in the Church, and by putting aside their ego and personal goals, they can discover and achieve what God is calling them to do.

Can you cook? Cook for the church or the poor.

Are you a handy person? Help others fix what’s broken.

Can you teach? Help out in Sunday School.

Can you sing? Join the church’s choir.

Are you a doctor? Provide care for the sick without charge.

Are you a lawyer? Engage in pro-bono work.

Are you a good writer? Spread the Word of God with your literature.

Are you good in front of crowds? Preach.

Not everyone has the same amount of skills, but everyone can contribute in one way or another. Those with many skills, will be expected to give a lot back. “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48).

Assess yourself and think of all that you are good at, and determine how you can use your talents for the benefit of others.

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