Doing well and doing good are more than just choices we have to make when trying to get our grammar correct. A number of books have been written recently about the idea of what it means to do well while doing good. At the JCPC Golf Tournament for Missions, Rob Dowd had the line of the day when he told all of the golfers as they headed out to the course, "Even if you don't do well, you will still be doing good." Well said!
For the golfers, the doing well part referred to how proficiently they played the round of golf. Some golfers were great at driving a golf ball a long way. Others were good on the greens -- sinking putts from a long way off.
Each year we award our George Bridges Trophy to the team with the best score. Other golfers received gift certificates for the longest drive or the one closest to the pin. But everyone did something good simply by showing up and playing or providing a sponsorship!
The money goes to support missions. Last summer we sent twenty youth and their advisors to Arkansas so they could minister to children and youth in need. It was not only life-changing for the kids from Arkansas, but for our own JCPC Youth Mission Team, as well.
We are already putting together a mission experience outside of the country for next year. On Sunday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m., we will have an informational meeting talking about the different places we might go. We want you to attend and give your input about which location God may be calling us to in 2017.
But you don't have to go somewhere else to do good. Every day God puts opportunities in our lives for us to make a difference in the lives of others. We simply need to be open and willing. Jesus reminds us that when we do things "for the least of these", it is as if we are doing it for Jesus. Today, find a way to do good while you are trying to do well!
Prayer for Today
Good and gracious God, open our eyes to see your face in the faces of these we meet today. Help us to do what is good while we strive to do well. We pray this in strong name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.