Started back in 2008, they call themselves “Do Gooders”. They may not be a perfect bunch but they’ve done a lot of good over the past few years. This self-less non-profit group got started after one of the founding members was diagnosed with cancer. We all know that’s a scary word that no one likes to hear. As this man found himself in a fight for his life he desperately needed the support of others. He and his wife were amazed that God not only took away the cancer, but he got to see how much others can touch a heart.
This family was drowning in challenges and bills associated with crisis. Never fear, those around them came to the rescue. Offering support and raising thousands of dollars to help with their catastrophic expenses, friends and family lifted this family to new heights. You see, it is one thing to talk about the needs of those around you. Many like to say, “What Would Jesus Do?” Many say, “I’m praying for you”, but never make any attempt to go beyond the call of duty. This cancer survivor and his family saw firsthand what a difference a bunch of big hearted people could make.
After God took them through their lowest valley, this man’s family felt God’s call to help others. “Do Gooders” was actually started by this man’s sister in law who was inspired by what she saw happen in her own family. This group began to repeat what they had seen and experienced for themselves. They gathered together those in their community who all wanted to do one thing “Do Good” for the greater good. Over time this group has raised thousands for kids and adults devastated by illness and bills. Yes, only God can bring ultimate healing, but this group has found ways to bring what I call “Jesus With Skin” to many. Those who desperately needed to know someone cared and someone was there for them in their time of need.
Now, this article is actually not just about “Do Gooders”. I do applaud their efforts and everyone who has ever served or supported their events. This is about you, me, and anyone else who wants to make a real difference. Jesus did not just talk the talk, he walked the walked. He did not just talk about the problems of his time, but he sought to bring hope everywhere he went. We live in a world where customer service is a lost art and everyone says they are too busy to help. Somebody has to choose to be a light to those around them. Why can’t that be you?
You can choose to slow down and take a look around. Not just some days, but everyday God blesses you with the ability to get out of your bed. There is always something more you can do for someone who just needs a helping hand. You can be there when they need you most, go the extra mile when no one else will, and you can show them God’s love in a way that warms their heart forever. I promise you the following. If you aren’t already doing these things you’re missing out and so are those God intends to bless through you. I’ve learned from being around my friends with “Do Gooders” it always feels better to “Do Gooder.”
Jesus was asked,“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:28-31
I love the “Do Gooder” Mission Statement:
I Believe….That even when you think you have no more to give,
When a friend cries out to you –
You will find the strength to help.
I Believe….That your life can be changed in a matter of
Hours by people who don’t even know you.