Take the following story as an encouragement to give your all for someone else and do not worry about the results. No good work will go unseen and only God knows of the impact that your life can have on someone else. Enjoy!
A man was involved in a tragic accident. He lost both legs and his left arm and only a finger and thumb remained on the right hand. But he still had a brilliant mind, with a good education and he knew about different cultures because he had traveled the world.
At first, he thought there was nothing he could do but remain a helpless sufferer.But after much thought, he remembered how he enjoyed receiving letters so why not write some. After all, he could still use his right hand with some difficulty. But he didn’t really know whom to write.
Was there anyone shut-in and incapacitated like he was who could be encouraged by his letters? He thought of men in prison — they did have some hope of release, whereas he had none — but it was worth a try.
He wrote to a Christian organization that did prison ministry. He was told that his letters could not be answered because it was against prison rules, but God put it on his heart to continue to have this one-sided correspondence.
He wrote twice a week and it tested his strength to the limit. But in his letters he put his whole soul, all his experiences, all his faith, all his wit and all his Christian optimism.
Frequently, he felt discouraged and was tempted to give it all up. But it was his one remaining activity and he resolved to continue as long as he could.
Finally he received a letter. It was a very short note written on prison stationery by the officer in charge of all mail inspections. The note said, “Please write on the best paper you can afford. Your letters are passed from cell to cell until they literally fall to pieces.”
No matter what your situation may be like, you still have the ability to encourage someone who is discouraged and lift up someone who is feeling low.