Always Doing Good

"Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Matthew 24:46).
In 1839, Abraham Lincoln was returning to Springfield, Illinois by horseback with a large group. The men paused in a thicket of crabapple trees to water their horses. Lincoln and John J. Hardin went for a walk.

When Hardin reappeared alone, the others asked him where Lincoln was. Hardin replied, "When I saw him last, he had caught two little birds in his hand, which the wind had blown from their nest, and he was hunting for the nest."

When Lincoln finally returned, some of the men laughed at him. The future president admitted, "I could not have slept tonight if I had not given those two little birds to their mother."

Lincoln was no ordinary man. When a small good deed presented itself along the side of the road, he did what he could. No wonder God chose him to lead the nation through her greatest crisis, the Civil War. And when our Lord returns, those who have been faithful in caring for God's little household, will be rewarded with great responsibility.

Father, help me to remember that the humblest service has the highest significance. In Jesus' name, Amen.