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Monday, September 13, 2010

Benevolence from the Heart

There is a friend of mine who finds joy daily from giving and blessing others. I have seen him hand over car keys with no questions asked, bestow money to people for no apparent reason, motivational speaker for young people, as well as enhanced the skill set of athletes which has enabled them to compete at the next level. 

I have observed him create jobs, businesses and opportunities most would over look. He is continuously seeking to bless someone without expecting to get anything back. If you where initially told of the series of troubles and annoyances besetting this brother without hesitation you would not believe it possible for a man to demonstrate such a happy and giving spirit. As God as my witness, he is! My brother is immensely blessed! He gives blessings and God blesses him in return!

A few days a go I hit that preverbal wall we all collide with from time to time which can cause a person to fall into depression or pull out the party favors for a pity celebration. Thank God for encouragement and friends because my dear comrade called at the right time. “What can I bless you with today” were the words out of his mouth. “What do you need that can help you reach your goal”. An Immediate smile came because I knew his offer was sincere. “If you need something let me know I’m here” and before hanging up he stated “continue writing, your words are blessing people.” This brother demonstrates the Chinese Proverb daily: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Jesus told and demonstrated that by hard work we must help the weak and it is more blessed to give than to receive Acts 20:35. Do we perform random acts of blessings to friends, family, or strangers? Do we actually ask loved ones what can I bless you with today? We stand accused, talking the talk however not walking the walk. A lot reading this professes to be Christians but how many really attempt to be Christ like, follow his example and really share or impart blessings to others? Blessings are not always in the monetary form. It could be cutting a neighbors yard, typing a resume, take a loved one to the doctor, doing away with a suit, a car you don’t drive, or cooking a meal for a needy family.

As hard as it may be to believe we don’t own any possessions: house, car, clothes, gadgets, toys, and even our bodies don’t belong to us! They all belong to God the Father. It is better for us to give than it is to receive! A co-worker told me God had laid on his heart to give away a brand new suit which been worn only a few times. First reaction was being reluctant on departing with the garment even though it was not being worn. The Spirit moved allowing him to give it away. Days later he received a call from another person offering him a substantial amount of money just because God told him to. Remember God loves a cheerful giver! When a man gives from the heart, and not grudgingly God will make all grace and blessings abound toward them. 2 Cor. 9: 7-8 All blessings don’t come back the way we want them however God know what you need and will provide the source for us to receive it right on time!

Luke speaks of those who give only to individuals who love them as well as persons looking for something in return Luke 6:30-36 He continues with the correct way of blessing others; Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38

What is God asking you to do? Who can you bless today with your time, talents or treasures? Listen to your heart and take heed and remember every blessing given or received does not have to be dollar signs.

Tigner J. Rand

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