He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8, NKJV

As you start your day, think of the many people that God will allow you to touch today. Will your actions strengthen them in their daily struggles? Will the radiance of Christ shine through your presence in their lives?

Mother Theresa said we are all called to do small things with great love. Pray that your actions today reflect what Micah said. Treat each person that you encounter as special and unique. Remember that Christ exhorted us that “whatsoever we do for the least of his children, we do unto Him.”

In the healthcare arena, we often deal with people who are suffering and in need of healing. We must remember that our ability to help is God-given; and often the greatest comfort we can give is spiritual, not physical. Take time today to reflect on how your actions either strengthen or weaken Body of Christ.

Do small things with great kindness. Try to see the goodness in each and every person you encounter today. We are all on the same journey, and all of us need help along the way at some time. Take the time to reach out and validate the other person’s importance and worth; and in so doing, you will validate your own purpose in life. Do these things quietly, without seeking recognition for your actions.

Be just in your actions, show mercy and forgiveness, and remember that it is the Lord’s work you are doing, not your own. And thus you will be blessed all the days or your life.

Austin Colohan is professor in and chair of LLUSM department of neurosurgery. He received his MD degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1978.