How to Make the World a Brighter Place
Have you ever read a social media post that made your blood boil? Have you ever been frustrated with someone who is posting foolish words even though you know they were raised differently. Ever feel like lashing out or posting a strong rebuttal to someone who does not share your same ideology?
Take out your Bible and study 1 Peter 2:15. “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Notice, this is the will of God—our Creator. We are called to do good, and in doing so we silence the ignorance of foolish men. Imagine what social media would look like if Christians truly obeyed this command.
The world expects a fight. The world expects you to say cruel things or mount a massive defense. The world has invested a great deal of time and money to teach you that it’s all about you and your rights—and that your opinion is the only one that matters. So “be bold.” Or “stand up and be heard” … at least that is what the world would have you do.
But God says to do good. Do the opposite of what the world is expecting. Show darkness what His light looks like. Turn the other cheek. Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Difficult? Yes, because it goes against what our culture has taught us for so many years. But the rewards are oh, so sweet.
What are some ways you can “do good” in modern times? What are some practical ways to practice random acts of kindness? Here’s some examples:
1. Help change a flat tire (or simply wait with the person while help arrives).
2. Cook a meal for your neighbor for no special reason.
3. Hold doors open for others or share an umbrella with a stranger.
4. Bake a dessert for someone you see on a regular basis.
5. Allow drivers to merge—drive friendly.
6. Purchase a required textbook for a college student.
7. Pay for someone’s meal or coffee.
8. Visit the sick and shut-ins-play games with them or allow them to share stories of their past with you.
9. Plant flowers for someone who is no longer able.
These are just a couple of fun ways we can “do good.” But what I’d really love to read about is practical ways you do good in your everyday walk. What are some examples that you can share with others? Please comment below and mention some ways that Christians can do the will of God by doing good.