Others Devotional, volume 9
A Wake of Goodness by Alecia Vanden Berg
Scripture: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1
“It’s not my job.”
“That’s not mine.”
These sentences carelessly fall out of student mouths regularly. Sadly, staff and teachers sometimes speak them as well. Pick up trash off the ground? Nope…not my job; that’s why we have janitors. Clean off the lunch tables? It’s not mine; someone else will do it. Make an effort to stop a classmate from being rude or cheating on an assignment? Who cares; it’s not my problem.
But folks, that kind of thinking is dangerous—REALLY dangerous. Because it is our job. It’s all ours. And we care. It’s our job because “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1), and we serve our Lord by loving His people and caring for His creation. We can’t leave our own campus dirty, claiming “It’s not my job” or “It’s not mine” while at the same time claiming to be a follower of Christ. We can’t ignore the rudeness or rule-breaking of our peers when we know they aren’t glorifying God with their actions. Here’s the thing, you guys: If we claim to serve the Lord, then it is absolutely our job—no, our privilege—to make the world around us the best it can be. It’s our joy to leave behind us a wake of goodness.
Bask in that visual for a moment. A wake of goodness.
A wake is both widespread and continuous. A wake finds its way to the farthest edges of a river or lake long after the boat is gone. The concept of widespread and continuous goodness is enticing. The good you leave behind may go farther than you will ever know. Make that your goal today— leave goodness in your wake. The world might just become dangerously good.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we love because you first loved us. May we see opportunities to leave a wake of goodness and love behind us so that the world becomes a better place. In Jesus’ name, Amen
About the Author: Alecia is an English teacher, soccer enthusiast, and general lover of the high school experience. She’s originally from Michigan but is proud to have lost her midwest accent. She loves shoes, traveling, Cadbury Cream Eggs, and fabulous teacher bags. She adores her husband/4th grade teaching counterpart, Mr. V; they have two daughters: a spirited three-nager named Kamryn, and sweet, squishy, blue-eyed baby named Sadie.
Originally published on November 4, 2016.