As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:10)

GLORIA WAS ADMIRED for her ability to show empathy. When she was hired as the craft director in a nursing home, the job gave her a chance to show patients that she was able to understand and share their feelings. And the job provided opportunities for her to help others by doing good things.

As a child, Robert, a resident, had been locked in a closet by his parents. He had never been exposed to anything in the outside world. So when he came to the nursing facility, Robert was afraid of moving from the confines of his room. Gloria knocked on his door day after day. “Robert, I want to be your friend.” The knocks were not acknowledged. And the door remained closed.

Finally the door opened and Gloria persuaded him to go with her down to the craft room. When Robert saw the weaving loom, his face lit up. Following instructions on how to operate it, he wove for six hours. As time went on, he eventually fixed a ceramic kiln, rode in an elevator, and traveled in her car.

Robert was given the opportunity to expand his horizons only because Gloria was willing to be there for him. Remember Gloria and meditate on Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”

Look for an opportunity where you can do good for the Lord.

Priscilla Tate Gilmore is a freelance writer in Salem, Oregon. She enjoys gardening and all types of crafts.