Every morning a woman would get up very early to bake bread for members of her family... and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She also made an extra loaf of bread on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away.
Each and every day, a hunchback came and took away the bread. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went on his way, "The evil you do remains with you, the good you do comes back to you!"
This went on day after day and every day, when the hunchback came and picked up the bread, he always uttered the same words. The woman felt irritated, for not once had the hunchback given a word of gratitude and he never even attempted to thank the woman for her kindness.
One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. "I shall get rid of this ingrate" she said. What did she do? She added poison to the bread that she prepared the very next day, just for him.
As she was about to put the bread on the window sill, her hands began to tremble and conviction set in. "What is this I am doing?" she said. Immediately, she threw the bread into the fire and prepared another one for the window sill. She asked God for patience and peace to continue baking the extra loaf of bread.
As usual, the hunchback came, picked up the bread and muttered the same words: "The evil you do, remains with you, The good you do, comes back to you!" Then the hunchback proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman.
To pacify and lighten her burden, the old woman decided to direct her concerns to prayer. As she continued to bake the extra loaf of bread, she would pray for her son. Many months before, he had set out to seek his fortune and she had no news of him, so she prayed for his safe return!
The very next evening, there was a knock on her door. As she opened it, she was so surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak.
When he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a miracle I am here. A month ago, as I traveled towards home, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but for an old hunchback who passed me on the street.
When I saw him, I begged him, for a morsel of food and he was kind enough to take me into his small home. Each day he would cut a small slice of bread for himself and give me the rest of the loaf. He said, "This is all I have to eat each day, but I will share it with you, for your need is greater than mine!"
As the mother heard her son's words, her face turned pale and she leaned against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned bread that she had made one morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son and he would have lost his life!
It was then that she realized the significance of the hunchback's words: "The evil you do remains with you, the good you do comes back to you!"
It is easy to grow tired, when we consistently try to do good... especially if there is no noticeable appreciation. But, we must not let ourselves be caught up in Satan's plot of fatigue and weariness... in what God would have us to do.
There will come a time when we will harvest a return, if we don't grow weary, give up or quit. As Christians we must work for the benefit of all, starting with those closest to us in the faith. I have found that for each time I get the chance to bless someone... God always blesses me in return!
I would encourage you to "be a blessing to someone today!" You never know what a kind word or deed will do... to advance the kingdom of heaven and bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ!