The world seems to be full of people doing good deeds. Firefighters in a city in western Germany were called in to clean up a massive spill from the local chocolate factory. It was so big it had flowed out onto the street. Of course their biggest hurdle was fighting off 50 Baptist women who thought it was a giant fondue party.

Animal control officers in a town in Massachusetts rescued a skunk who had its head stuck in a beer can. Although this is a standard outcome at redneck wedding receptions and college fraternity parties it was unusual for a skunk. The bystanders were amazed that his head would fit into such a small opening, also a point pondered at the aforementioned redneck wedding reception. The skunk went into a private rehab facility and was unavailable for comment.

A sixteen-year old girl in Tennessee was on her second day as a licensed driver. She was driving home from basketball practice with her mother in the passenger seat when she heard a “thump” and thought she had hit something. Rather than driving away she did her good deed for the day and slowed down to check on whatever she hit. The next thing she knew a raccoon was crawling across the windshield of her still-moving car and yelling at her.  I don‘t know about you but when I’m driving down the road I expect to see bugs on my windshield and in some places I go the occasional chicken. I never expect an angry, talking raccoon. Not anywhere on my list. The raccoon offered a few obscenities and scampered off, screaming something over his shoulder about Davy Crockett’s hat.

 A couple of weeks ago our church went into the community to minister to others in a project called “Mission:Springfield.” We had 172 different individuals in our church who volunteered at least one night of the five.  We had teams doing yardwork, building a handicap ramp, visiting senior adults, praying, working in schools, preparing and serving meals, visiting first responders, serving in women’s ministry, helping in worship and media, doing a backyard Bible club, leading a soccer camp, helping with childcare, and going door-to-door to share information about our church. It was an awesome week.

One of my favorite TV shows from the past is The Lone Ranger. He and his faithful companion, Tonto, travels through the old west doing good, usually rescuing decent folks from the bad guys. At the end of every episode he and Tonto  sneak away before the people they helped  can thank them. Most of the time the people don’t even know who he was. As the Lone Ranger rides away he always waves at the people he just helped. In watching I noticed something interesting. Nobody ever waves back. Check it out.

It seems to be an appropriate picture for us as Christians as we go about doing good. Matthew 5:16 says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV) We don’t do things like “Mission:Springfield” for the accolades of men. We do it because we serve a living God and  it brings glory to Him.

The author of Hebrews reminds us “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16 NIV).  So, grab your faithful companion, jump on your horse, go do good deeds, then ride away.  Don’t worry if nobody waves. God will smile.

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