Different Perspectives

by Maggie Lasher

“‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:2

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” ~ Matthew 25:40
 

What a difference in perspective!
 
Solomon was the wisest, richest, and most powerful man of his time. His wisdom was spoken of all over the earth. His wealth was far beyond imagination. Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.  I would imagine that someone whose every whim is gratified becomes easily bored and begins to feel as the Teacher did in the verse above from Ecclesiastes. 
 
“Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings.” ~ Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
 
However in Matthew we see the heart of a servant being reflected.  When you seek to be a blessing to others, most especially the “least”, your life becomes rich and meaningful – not easier, but fulfilling and meaningful.  There are no small”lacts of kindness to the person receiving the kindness.  And you receive the reward of storing up riches in heaven!
 
“You will never look into the eyes of someone God does not love.  Always be kind.” ~ Anonymous

 
Father God, help us to see Your children with Your eyes.  Help us to be aware of each and every opportunity to do good for others.  In Your Son, Jesus, Precious Name, we pray.  Amen.

 

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