So often people do what is wrong as long as they know they won’t get caught. I’ve seen surveys where people were asked about doing certain things like stealing and having an affair if they were assured they would never get caught. Would they do them? Amazingly, some of the surveys indicate that over half would do them if they knew they wouldn’t get caught.
I wonder about doing acts of kindness. If you wouldn’t get caught and no one would ever know except you and God and you couldn’t tell someone, would you do it? Do something nice and not get caught?
Sometimes it is hard not tell someone. And this is not necessarily bad, because we do need to share things because it encourages others to act the same way and maybe inspires new ways of treating people as people. But I was wondering if the secret sisters never revealed who they had, would people do it? If at the end of the year, everyone just received a new name. Would we do it?
But this week, do something nice for someone without getting caught. It is a lot harder than it sounds.
Source: From a sermon by Mark Eberly, “The Gospel According to…Horton Hears a Who,” November 30, 2008