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Do Good by Joe Castaneda

It’s amazing what a small act of kindness can do to change the outcome of someone’s
day. Watch how something as simple as a high-five puts a smile on people’s faces and
changes their disposition. As you watch the video, look at the people who aren’t getting
the high-fives…you can actually see them longing for the simple little pick-me-up as
they ride by. Check it out:


Galatians 6:10 tells us: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
especially those those who belong to the family of believers.”

I wonder how many high-five opportunities you and I pass up as we go about our
routines each day? How many times does God give us a chance to influence some one
else’s day but we’re just ‘too busy’ or ‘too preoccupied’ or ‘too selfish’ to notice? I know
I’ve missed opportunities and when I’ve been made aware by God or by others, it hurts
to know I passed up a chance to “do good to all people”.

On the flip side, it is an awesome feeling to change the outcome of a person’s day by a
simple act of kindness. A few years ago while touring in DC, I got up early one morning
and headed out by myself to meet an old friend. I popped into Subway and grabbed a
breakfast sub and started my seven-block march to the underground train. En route, I
passed a lone homeless man, sitting on a sidewalk smack-dab in the middle of a block.
He looked a little dazed and as I passed him (we were on opposite sides of the street), I
glanced over and realized he was probably hungry.

God put it on my heart and I had no choice — I walked up to the corner, crossed the
street and then headed back towards this man. We chatted for a few minutes, and then
I cut my breakfast sandwich in half and shared my beloved egg, ham, cheese and extra
bacon sub with him. He was grateful. And so was I.

As I toured with my friend for the next six hours, I just kept smiling to myself, thankful
that I had done such a simple act to help someone. I had expected it to change his
day — and I hope it did — but I hadn’t realized what a change it would make on my day.
What simple act could you perform today, as you “do good to all people”? It doesn’t take
much, but I can assure you it will change the day for two people.

Joe is married to Traci, and they have 4 beautiful children. He is the founder of Overboard Ministries, and author of Project Joseph. Read his blog.

4 Comments

  1. That’s cool! 🙂 My favorite part is seeing the reactions of the people. I’m sure it made a lot of people’s day. We never know if one small thing could make such a big difference, like prevent someone from committing suicide, or anything. It can so be worth it.
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    • Mike, that’s an excellent point! This video reminded me of times where I have witnessed someone out acting silly and just whooping it up for no real reason other than to have fun and they make you grin like crazy as you walk by. We ALL need that! Most of us aren’t willing to put ourselves out there for it though!

  2. Good morning, my friend. I’ve received 3 blog awards this week, and I’m passing them all on to you for the amazing way you speak to the hearts of your readers. So, hop on over to the “cafe” for a virtual hug, and God bless!!!
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  3. This is so great!!!
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