Yesterday, one of the people I follow on Twitter said this:

What are you needing today? – Encouragement, a helping hand, prayer, etc. Go give to someone else what you wish you had.

It dawned on me that this is like “paying it forward,” only better and maybe a little more difficult. Instead of waiting until someone does something nice for you, and then you doing something nice for someone else in return, we should be willing to give even when we believe that we have nothing to offer, and expecting nothing in return.

When we do this – when we give encouragement even when we are discouraged, when we serve even if we need help ourselves, when we pray for others even when we are in need of prayer – yes, we may find that we get something in return.  But, we may not.  We may find that our help is rejected, unappreciated, or unacknowledged.  That’s part of making ourselves vulnerable and real to the people around us.

But, regardless of how others respond, we can know that by ministering to others, we have followed the command of Christ, and our reward should be found in Him, and not in the reactions of others:

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.  (Matthew 25:40 ESV)

What do you need today?  How can you give it to someone else?