Many years ago The Alabama Baptist ran the following story told by R. Lee Sharpe:
“I was just a kid. One spring day, father told me to go with him to old man Trussell’s blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired. And there they were ready, fixed like new. Father handed over a silver dollar for the repairing. But Mr. Trussell refused to take it. ‘No,’ he said, ‘there’s no charge for that little job.’ But father insisted that he take the pay. If I live a thousand years, I’ll never forget that great blacksmith’s reply. ‘Sid,’ he said to my father, ‘can’t you let a man do something now and then – just to stretch his soul?'”
James 2:18 says:
Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith through my good deeds.” (New Living Translation)
Christian, do at least one thing today (for someone other than a family member or a friend) just to stretch your soul.