“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Act 20:35
For Christmas, I want . . . Have you made out your list yet? I urge you to take a long, hard look at what is on it. What does it reflect about your character? Is it heavy on the side of ME? Love Your Neighbor may influence you to take a different view of what giving is all about. Perhaps you will see that it is really about thinking of OTHERS. For example, consider these ideas:
- Helps others
- Inspires others by being a role model
- Teaches responsibility
- Cultivates self-worth
- Can make you happy knowing you have made others feel good
- Makes a difference in other’s lives
- Is easy
During this COVID pandemic, are you blessed? If so, how about thanking God that you have a home, food, clothing and sufficient income to provide for yourself and your family. Now, if you are truly grateful for these, then why not share in some way as described about in the “Magnificent 7?” Number 7 suggests it is EASY and pretty well sums up how you can be a blessing to someone else.
HOW? Give of your time by sharing warmth and fellowship to others who are hurting or may not be as well off as you. Why not give a listening ear to one who may need to just talk? Can’t make a visit due to the virus restrictions? The phone is a great way to call someone and just to let them know you are thinking about them and offer a prayer over the phone.
Consider the “7” suggestions, pray over them and then ask God to direct you as to how YOU can “Love Your Neighbor”!
Challenge: Ink it and you will think it!
I will choose “giving” this year by: ___________________________!
Remember: The greatest example of giving is Jesus Christ Who gave His life that we may LIVE!
– Terry Miller has over 30 years of banking and training experience with major banking institutions.12+ years as owner/principal of Terry Miller & Associates – a training and development firm. He spent 8 years as director of Pastoral Care with Waxahachie Bible Church. Terry is currently semi-retired. Continuing with self-employment directing Terry Miller & Associates, a consulting firm conducting speaking and training engagements, in addition to authoring and publishing 4 books.