The Smallest Deed
By Dawn Neely
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 NIV
She was sitting in the corner, eating alone. This was a friend; a person I knew and loved well. I could see she used her napkin not only to wipe her mouth but also to wipe her eyes.
I hesitated for a moment, then I remembered some sage advice my grandmother once shared with me, “The smallest deed is worth more than the grandest intention.”
So I set down beside her, placing my hand on her shoulder and inquired if I could help. What started as a trickle of information was soon followed by confessions of fear, self-doubt, inadequacy and lack of faith. I saw in her eyes the tale-tell sign of defeat as the enemy poured his lies into her spirit.
I assured her of the love of God. I talked to her about finding that, “Green pasture” and those “Quiet waters” that God longed to lead her toward (Psalm 23:2-3)
I also reminded her of Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” NIV
My friend is a strong believer. She is an amazing writer. She is beautiful and gifted. She has a strong family and a strong faith. But even so, Satan was able to pour those lies into her mind.
We talked and we prayed and she was encouraged. It is not because I had amazing words to speak or extraordinary advice to give. But Satan could not overcome our prayers and our confessions of praise in His name.
Some weeks later, I received a lovely note from her. In part it read;
Your spoken words to me a few weeks ago continue to be a balm to my soul. Thank you for the way you were the love of Christ and a sweet gift to me. You are a treasure and I love you.”
Then she added this scripture: “IF either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has one to help them up.’ Ecclesiastes 4:10 NIV
A small deed. Look for those opportunities. It can make all the difference.
Help me to remember how powerful a small deed can be. I have the power to make someone’s day if I will only be sensitive to opportunities You provide. Help me not be so concerned with my schedule but to be aware of the divine appointments You offer each day. May I see others as You see them and be a conduit of Your love. In Jesus name, Amen
© 2019 by Dawn Neely. All rights reserved.
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Originally published Thursday, 21 April 2022.