It Makes A Difference

“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of cold water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41).
It’s a startling scene. During the New York marathon, as runners toil along the streets of a city famed for its casual disregard of others, hundreds of arms reach out to the runners, each holding a cup of cold water, which the runner gratefully snatches and either throws down his parched throat, or splashes upon his perspiring head, seeking its refreshment. How many runners might surrender the battle were it not for this simple, eloquent act of kindness?
A cup of water — free. Refreshment for a weary runner — priceless!
How our sad world needs quiet, anonymous acts of kindness! Desmond Tutu, the gentle South African church leader declared, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. It’s what sets humans apart from the beasts; it’s what sets Christians apart from the worldly. Or should. You will never know how much good a quiet word of encouragement will do; you will never know how great a help a thank-you note does; you may never know who decided not to give up the Christian race because of your kindness — as life-giving as water, as fresh as a splash in the face!
But it doesn’t matter if you know the effects of your actions; it’s worth it, simply, to do them!
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.

3 Replies to “It Makes A Difference”

  1. Keep in mind Mr. Tutu is a Catholic Bishop. This is the same gentle man that said on national television, “President Ronald Reagan should go to ….” well, I think you get my point. Catholic… Sure. Gentle… I dunno. Comments on national television… There is a price to be paid. Otherwise, your article is well taken.

  2. For the record, Mr. Tutu is Anglican. Some have found the combination of a churchman making so many political statements disconcerting. To his credit, he is willing to condemn tyrants wherever they are (Zimbabwe’s president Mugabe, for instance). I recall vividly the man weeping at many accounts given in South Africa’s “Truth and Reconciliation” comission. I am unable to confirm the quote you mentioned, so cannot comment on it.
    God’s richest blessings,
    Stan Mitchell

  3. Dear Brother Stan,
    I’ll concede you got me. He is Anglican. I suppose I mixed that up a bit because the Catholics did laud him to a degree back then. I think he met with the Pope. Oh well…
    Here is the quote, ?Your president is the pits as far as blacks are concerned. I think the West, for my part, can go to hell.? – Desmond Tutu, after U.S. President Ronald Reagan on July 22, 1986, called proposed sanctions against South Africa a ?historic act of folly.?–
    Tutu was well known as an activist during this period. He could be very “caustic” and “abrasive” as seen in the above quote.
    Reagan, however, was ever the gentleman. Check out this quote. After Reagan had endured a particularly tough photo-op with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (who took the opportunity to roundly criticize the Reagan administration’s South Africa policies), the media asked how things went. Reagan responded: Tutu? So-So.–
    The difference in manner and response is quite remarkable. I’ll take Reagan over Tutu anyday. Thanks.
    Gary E. Miller

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