An act of Kindness...

Always there to lend a hand... © Laurie Pace 2011

Always there to lend a hand... © Laurie Pace 2011

“There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.” ― Catherine Ryan Hyde, Pay It Forward

Painting day! Yes, I will be working on something new today. Have some images I need to get roughed out on canvas.

When thinking and praying this morning about thoughts to share I was remembering the parable where the owner of a vineyard needed workers to pick the grapes. He hired workers early in the morning, late morning, noon and mid afternoon. Even at the dinner hour he was still hiring workers just before quitting time at six. It didn't matter what time of day the owner hired the worker, he gave the same pay to each of them. Think about those pros and cons. If I was the 8 am hire on worker and I put in 10 hours and I found out you were hired in at five in the afternoon and only worked one hour and we go the same pay.. yeah I think I would be a bit upset. That is how our society seems to work on a whole. Everyone out for their own survival and what they can get out of a situation. 

God seeks us out full time. He seeks out the good, the bad and the ugly. He doesn't even stop at six in the evening. Our time is limited here on earth but God is here always and makes it easy for folks to find him. Remember playing hide and seek with your kids and you would make it easy for them to find you? God does not just want the 8 am workers that are the "do it right and put in a full life of work" for the Lord people...he seeks out the sinful ones. He offers to them his love and forgiveness if they ask. So many of us have messed up our lives and truly have little to be proud of. The Lord shows us great mercy and as I wrote about yesterday, helps us find a way out of our mess through Him.

No matter when you come into the faith, early in life or late in life, the "Payment" or "reward" will be the same for each of us. God does not reward people with heaven for their acts of good here on earth. It is through our faith alone in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. .”Isaiah 55:6-9