She’s known as the “Mother Teresa” of her town. She collects clothes for the naked. She’s spearheaded a city-wide Christmas food drive for the hungry. She collects materials the poor can use to earn a living. She also provides a mighty stern look to those who might think of crossing her.
Much of her later years in life have been devoted to doing “good.”
At this point, I was impressed … and a bit fearful of receiving that stern look I’d seen her give others.
In my brief time with her, she bragged long about all of her good-deed doing. Her face then twisted in disgust as she described someone she’d helped and then that person didn’t help her when she needed it.
She does “good” for others, but she then tallies her deeds like an accountant, keeping track of what she thinks others now owe her. Her good deeds are an appearance of goodness, but really a prideful means of personal gain. They are good deeds without any hint of grace. The sad things about it is that she doesn’t see her own motive in being a do-gooder.
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven (Matthew 6:1).
PS: By the time we were done, I got her stern look and a tongue-lashing too.