Shout It Out-More Blessed to Give, November 2019

The giving season is fast approaching as we will celebrate the birth of Jesus soon. We will be buying presents for our loved ones and friends.

There are so many who have so little in our world. Jesus told us we would always have the poor with us. They are around us in most places we go, in plain sight. The Lord expects those who follow Him to help the needy ones, to provide food or clothes or whatever is needed.

Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give then to receive.

I grew up poor and know what it is to do without. It has made my heart more sensitive to those who have little.

Ronald Regan said: we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Just a small gesture means so much to someone who has little. A meal, clothing, shoes or a winter jacket means the world to someone who doesn’t have those things. When we help that one person we are showing them someone cares about them. By doing so, maybe one day they will be able to help someone else. It does our hearts good to put a smile on someone’s face who wouldn’t otherwise have one.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord and he will reward them for what they have done.

Lord open our hearts that we may take the time to meet the needs of others. May we love with our actions and not just our words. May the world see You in our actions as we sacrifice our time, energy, praise and finances.

Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Maybe, just maybe they will see Jesus in us as we give cheerfully this Christmas season. Help someone, you may be the only one who does.

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.