Written by Sandy Watson

Matthew 10:42  "And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded."

Serving God can seem like a huge responsibility,  Maybe even an overwhelming obligation.  Yes, we truly do want to serve this wonderful God who loves us unconditionally.  We really want to be obedient to His Word.  But where do we start?  How do we begin?  This verse in Matthew talks about something as simple as a cup of cold water.  We all know how refreshing a cup of cold water can be, especially on a hot summer day.

There are many ways we can refresh someone who's having a tough day at home, at work, or at school with a simple smile or a sincere "How are you?"  Sometimes it was listening to a coworker whose family was going through a difficult time and offering to pray for them.  Maybe a quick text, phone call or email to say, "I'm thinking of you and wanted you to know I'm praying for you."  

Gosh, when's the last time you received a card in the mail with a note from someone that brought a smile to your face and filled your heart with a special joy.  Yes, texting is much quicker, but sometimes it's worth putting just a little more effort into it.

Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed yourself.  Maybe you feel like you're the one that needs a cup of cold water.  Let's face it, no ones life is perfect!  John 16:33 says:  "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."  Yes, we all have problems to deal with,  It is easy to be overwhelmed and sometimes totally consumed with our own life.  But I find it interesting that just before we hear about having trouble, Jesus says that in Him we may have peace.  I know from my own experience that once I look outside of myself and reach out to someone else, my own troubles seem lighter.  Even though my troubles are still there, there is peace from God that I'm not alone.  

We want to follow the example of Jesus who was Good News to all people.  In one of our small groups, a guy shared about an opportunity he had to help a total stranger.  We were all challenged to prayerfully look for opportunities to show random acts of kindness to total strangers.  We began sharing these "stories" at our meetings.  We looked forward to not just telling our own stories, but hearing from others,  It was amazing what we noticed once we tried looking at the world around us with "the eyes of Jesus".  One man frequently saw a homeless man near where he worked.  He had opportunities to share lunch with him, give him bus fare and pray with him.  He even took him to a dr appointment.  There were also stories like, "then I realized I just missed a chance to help someone."  It was not like flipping a switch and suddenly seeing ways to reach out to people.  It was a process of praying and being mindful of those around us.  Some of the ways we reached out were buying gas, paying the difference when the person in front of us at the checkout didn't have enough, and buying lunch.  Sometimes it's calling our waitress by name, smiling at her and thanking her.  It might be telling someone you appreciate the good job they are doing.  It's a bit sad to see the surprised look on someone's face when it's obvious they don't get compliments very often.

I want to encourage you to reach out to your fellow Christians and even strangers and brighten someones day.  Let the light of God's love shine through you.  You will surely be rewarded with a smile from them.  May the peace that passes all understanding fill your heart, knowing you just shared God's love with one of his children.