Daily Gratitude Year 4- Day 244: Today, I am grateful for good deeds in a weary world.
Another Willie Wonka quote for today. Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory was full of wonder and invention. Willie created his own little world inside...but in doing so, he cut himself off from the outside world. Then came the realization that he had an amazing legacy and no one to receive it. A gift with no recipient. He had to risk letting someone inside his factory and his heart.
Charlie had an amazing heart and good character. Yes, he had temptations, but don't we all? His home was full of love but it was no easy road. His life provided no luxuries, but love sustained. He cherished his family. Even the ones who were harder to love. Yes, Charlie looked for the good. He wanted to do the right thing and it made him uncomfortable when those around him exhibited horrible behaviors.
"So shines a good deed in a weary world." - Willie Wonka
We had flash floods yesterday. Little random acts of kindness popped up all over town as people tried to help each other other. Some strangers. Others friends. Crisis seems to bring out the best in people or the worst. I think the same can be true for those who are blessed with money, fame and good fortune. Both struggle and wealth can bring out the best and the worst in people. It is why so many find their purpose, their joy and their calling when they choose to serve "the least of these".
I just heard a man say that he went on a mission trip because he knew he had medical gifts he could share. He came back a changed man. He...I believe was a cardiologist...but it was his heart that experienced new hope as he discovered that God's presence was rich among the people who lived "in the margins". The people society calls "the least of these"... just praying for their daily bread and not building castles... were the very people who showed him the powerful peace, love and joy of embracing "this day" as it is given. He found the wonder and the "wow" of God in serving the poor, the sick and the simple.
We are called to be "salt" and "light".