posted Feb 26, 2012, 2:46 PM by web feat
Have you ever been in a situation where all you're trying to do is help, and you feel completely misunderstood? Where instead of appreciating your efforts, people are negative and even hurtful? You're not alone. There's a reason for the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished," and Jesus himself paid the ultimate price for his efforts to help others and to show them a "better way."

As we begin the 40 days of Lent - a time of reflection and discovery - we are reminded that the Christian path is not an easy one. We can expect to be misunderstood, and at times even treated badly, when all we want to do is the right thing. But Peter reminds us, "It's better to suffer for doing good, if that's what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad." And, "If with heart and soul you're doing good, do you think you can be stopped?"