WANTED: HAPPINESS MAKERS!
The Charlie Brown comic strip created as many questions as it did smiles. On one occasion Lucy and Charlie Brown were having a serious conversation about the meaning of life.
With a furrow on her brow Lucy asked Charlie, “Why were we put on earth?”
In his own simple way, Charlie responded, “To make others happy!”
“I don't think I'm making anyone very happy,” confessed Lucy, “and nobody is making me very happy, either!”
After a moment she shouted, “Somebody's not doing their job!”
Making others happy is not a primary responsibility of the Christian. But Peter does give us some good advice about our responsibilities as Christians and what we are to do to help others.
First we are to show sympathy – by being attentive to and meeting their needs. Secondly, we are to show love – treating others with the same kindness that we would show a brother or sister. Thirdly, we are to show tenderheartedness – to be sensitive and caring. Finally – we are to be humble – to put others first and always be a source of encouragement to others.
Prayer: We pray, Lord, that we will willingly accept our responsibilities to others and do our very best to minister to their needs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.