In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
I read an article about random acts of kindness raising dopamine levels and boosting your mood. Shortly afterwards I happened to read Acts 20:35 and it all made sense. We feel good when we do good deeds for others because we are blessed when we give unselfishly. With everything that’s going on in the world today, people desperately need help. Give what you can whether it’s your time, money, food goods or encouragement and you will be blessed. Do what you can for as many as you can.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all the blessings I’ve received, they are too many to count. Let me be a blessing to those in need. Grant me a heart of compassion and spirit that is willing to serve. Help me to share Your love with those who desperately need you as you give them strength to keep going. Amen
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Christmas is exactly 25 days away and although it’s nice to be able to give gifts to our loved ones as a token of our love, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that life is not about possessions. People are consumed with materialism always trying to buy the newest car, the biggest house or the next big thing but they are never satisfied. Covetousness is a sin we need constantly to be warned against; for happiness and comfort do not depend on the wealth of this world. (Matthew Henry) Possessions cannot bring you true happiness, your riches are found in Jesus Christ and only He can truly satisfy your soul. Life is not about the material possessions you have, it’s about having loving relationships with the Lord, your family and friends. It’s about helping others and making a difference in a fallen world.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
This is one of my favorite Bible verses because it reminds me that no matter what the devil tries to use to harm us God can turn it around and it use it for good. God can use your past to help others and your deepest pain can be used to set your calling in motion.