I attended Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership 1-Day Live Stream event and some things I learned there have been rattling around in my heart since then. This post is part of a series where I list ways to implement some of the things I learned.
Do the good thing because it is good to do good. ~ Chris Hogan
“Doing the good thing” can be thought of in two ways.
It can mean “good” as in “beneficial”. Do something helpful for someone that they may not be able to for themselves.
It can also mean “good” as in “right”. Do the right thing at the right time.
I think Paul had both of these meanings in mind when he encouraged the Galatians to do good.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
When we do things that benefit others, God will bless us in His way and in His timing.
When we keep doing the right thing at the right time for our ministry or business, we’ll reap a harvest if we don’t give up.
Either way, here some good things you can keep doing, because it’s good to do them:
Stop checking Facebook continuously – Surely I am not the only prone to do this? Or maybe it’s Instagram for you? Checking for likes, reach, comments. Figuring out where and how to get more engagement. Just stop it. It’s good to have a solid social media strategy, but obsessing and measuring your value by the numbers is neither beneficial or the right thing to do.
Tweet in the morning – Speaking of social media, if Twitter feels like a dark and negative place to you, try spending your time there in the early morning. A study showed that 5am to 6am is the happiest time on Twitter. As the day wears on, it turns more negative. So stay in the happy zone if negativity really gets you down. But if you are more confident in your social media skills, be a light in those later dark hours. A positive word in the midst of the darkness will shine extra bright.
Volunteer to help others – Is someone in your Facebook group asking for feedback on a new logo or product landing page? Does your best blogging buddy need a proofreader for a book proposal? Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment. It can be just a one-time thing that’s helpful at the right time. Even better if you notice the need and offer to meet it before they ask. What needs do you notice around you today?
Count your blessings every day – It’s so easy to get frustrated about things you didn’t get done, progress that feels imperfect and things that did not go as planned. But good things happened today. Counting them up is another good thing.
Send a note to someone you’ve never met, but admire – This is awesome to do in all areas of life, but especially in your online ministry life. The interwebs are full of women just like you out there doing their best to spread God’s Word and reach hurting people. You know it’s tiring. Reach out to someone and let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing. Especially if you have a “bigger” presence than they do, this will mean the world to them.
Ask “How Can I Help?” – One of my favorite new TV shows this year is New Amsterdam. Young doctor Max Goodwin takes over as chief of staff at a big hospital and as an outsider, he is met with a lot of mistrust and skepticism of his new ideas. But to everyone who brought him a complaint or suggestion or rant, Max said, “How can I help?” And he backed it up with action. “How can I help?” has become one of my new favorite phrases. If you aren’t sure what the good thing is in a difficult situation, ask that question and see how it changes the mood of the room.
Share overheard compliments – Another gift! We know that people are more likely so say something bad about someone behind their back than they are to say something good. So when something good is said about someone and they may not know about it, sharing what you heard can help them quiet the comparison monster and the “not good enough” voices in their head.
Make a helpful introduction – This is one of my favorite things to do! I love to connect people and see how God uses them to fill each other’s gaps. People know you trust them when you are willing to extend your circle to include them.
Often, we think of “doing good things” as big grand gestures that are time consuming and take a lot of effort. But these eight ideas can be easy to do and have a big impact. Share in the comments how you will “do the good thing” this week!