Every morning, Benjamin Franklin posed a question to himself: “What good shall I do this day?” And in the evening, he asked, “What good have I done today?” Benjamin Franklin, inventor of the lighting rod and the odometer (to name just two of his creations), was also a scientist, statesman and these days, you’ll find his face on the United States one-hundred-dollar bill ($100). Benjamin Franklin’s daily reflection stands out like a beacon of wisdom. His secret to such immense productivity lay in a simple daily practice. Benjamin Franklin’s daily questions remind us that we, too, can make our days more meaningful.
This practice is reminiscent of Acts 10:38, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Jesus had a reputation for consistently performing acts of goodness. As devoted followers of Jesus, we should seek to shine through the good we do in the world. Imagine if each day began with the intention to make the world a slightly better place. By reflecting on the good you can do and measuring your actions against it, you contribute positively to your world.
So, as you go about your daily life, remember Benjamin Franklin’s legacy and the profound biblical principle: it’s not enough to claim devotion to God, but our lives should radiate with the good deeds we do. Practicing daily reflection on the good you can accomplish is a testament to the love and light shining within. Just as Benjamin Franklin’s questions guided him to greatness, they can illuminate our own paths to a life of purpose, service, and devotion to God. Reflect on these questions each day, and you’ll find your actions becoming more aligned with your faith, resulting in a world made better by your consistent goodness.