#9 - Be an angel of the night.Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, there was never any shortage of snow in December ... or January ... or February. (Catch my drift?) We had crazy amounts of snow, and you know what that means -- someone had to shovel the driveway. Every time we'd get hit by a snowstorm, Dad would say, "This looks like a job for the angels of the night." My brothers and I would grumble a little as we reluctantly put on our hats, gloves, and snow boots and headed out for a long night of shoveling.
We weren't shoveling our own driveway. Dad would take us to the home of a widow in our church or to the neighborhood of an elderly man who was too frail for manual labor. We worked hard, but it didn't feel like work because, despite our initial grumbling, we always had fun together. And we knew how surprised the people would be the next morning when they looked out their windows. The angels of the night had struck again.
Do you know someone who needs a job done? Someone who can't take care of it him- or herself? Be an angel of the night, and surprise someone with a secret good deed.
Be an example ... by doing good works of every kind.
I think the reason this struck me is that while I was doing all that shoveling earlier this week ... my own driveway ... I kept hearing a Voice telling me to go across the road and shovel my neighbor's driveway. I ignored the Voice because I was tired and it was really really cold! And I had Alex to deal with. And someone usually plows her driveway. I had many "good" reasons why not. But it has bugged me that I didn't go do it.
I'll have another opportunity. Probably many more actually. And I will listen to the Voice next time and just do it!
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