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Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.” (Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On August 20, 2014, a woman drove up and paid for her own iced coffee at 7 a.m. at a St. Petersburg, FL, Starbucks and also asked to pay for a caramel macchiato for the driver behind her, who then did the same for the next customer. After a few people continued the chain, the employees started keeping a tally on a piece of paper by the window. By closing time that night, 10 p.m., 378 customers had kept the Java blessings flowing!

You don’t have to be a Christian to do something nice for others. But the natural inclination for us SHOULD BE to help others, especially when we see a need. Selfishness is the opposite of the spirit-filled life. By doing for others, we are keeping old ways at bay while allowing God to draw us deeper and invite others to join us on the journey.

This being Valentine’s weekend, do something special for someone (but start with your sweetheart first!). If you find yourself in a drive-thru line, start a chain reaction of blessing! It’ll make somebody’s day! You are loved!

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You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭35‬ NLT)

According to Fox News, the Toys R Us in Bellingham, MA, is where a kid can be a kid, and a complete stranger can be an angel. Around noon on Wednesday, a woman, dubbed “The Layaway Angel”, walked into the store and told a cashier she wanted to pay off a layaway balance: ALL OF THEM. In total, 154 people benefitted to the tune of $20,000!

When you stop to consider the better moments in life, it usually boils down to two things: Getting something as a gift and what you gave to others that touched their life. Greed feels good for a moment, but that moment passes quickly, usually as soon as you realize that you want more stuff. But to give, especially to those who can’t afford it, a little compassionate generosity goes a long way in your heart! It might even inspire others to do the same!

As you shop this weekend for Christmas things, take the chance to get something for someone in need. It could be an anonymous child through the Salvation Army or your local Angel Tree program, or even someone you know personally that is struggling. But when you take time to give, the blessings that return are always beyond compare to the cost! You are loved today!

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The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭9‬ NLT)

As of December 31st, the homeless shelter of Caring Ministries in Ft. Morgan, CO, will close its doors due to lack of funding. The same has already happened to the shelter at the Opportunity Shelter in Jackson, MS. In fact, some 4,000 churches a year close their doors for the last time in America, with financial shortfalls being cited as the one of the chief culprits! And of the 1,000 that start up each year, only 20% will still be open in 5 years, largely because of the same issue.

In our text, we see a people who are excited to honor God with their giving to fund ministry and church construction. Because they willfully and faithfully gave, God gave abundant blessings to the people of Israel. But where giving dries up, so does blessing, even making way for suffering due to unfaithfulness to God’s commands. (Please read Malachi 3:8-12 for God’s take on this)

While there is bad stewardship in certain examples of ministry executives mishandling money and over-the-top salaries, this is by far a minority issue. Be faithful to give as God instructs you because souls are counting on it! Your giving to God’s work still changes lives! You are loved today!

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In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers!” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭2‬ NLT)

As a teenager, I watched as my Youth Pastor challenged our youth group to read the whole Bible in a year, only to see scores of adults rise up to the challenge due to the example of the teens. I have watched people give to missions in response to watching a child give what little money they had as a sacrifice. I even met a man that accepted Jesus into his life after watching me, a kid at the time, portray Jesus in a skit, wanting that same compassion that he saw in our drama! Crazy stuff!

The truth is, people do watch Christians to see if we live like we say we believe. Even random acts of kindness can be contagious! By giving hope and making grace beautiful, people are provided an example to follow and will do likewise!

In a day where we are worried about copycat killers or crimes being committed because of negative examples out of the media, wouldn’t it be great to be a part of something wonderful being passed on?! Take time this week, a time for thankfulness, and give simple compliments, gestures of politeness, or even paying forward at a drive-thru fast food line. Know that with faithful living being played out for all to see, it will eventually cause emulation, making others to desire to follow your lead! You are loved today! Start a beautiful trend!

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But when you give to someone in need…give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭3-4‬ NLT)

Last year, a study in New Scientist revealed that people who engage in online activism for a charity are less likely to give than those who don’t. When asked to sign a given petition of their choice and then donate to the cause, overall giving of the signers was 30 percent lower than non-signers. In other words, signing the petition had made them noticeably stingier.

There are continuous needs around us all our life. Some we have a passion for. But our intention should never be to gain attention to our own image for helping. The ultimate goal should always be to meet needs where the needy are benefitted but God gets the glory.

The main emphasis of this scripture, however, is to be a giver. Be willing to give of your time, talents, and treasures to the projects or people that God lays on your heart. Your reward is in seeing people blessed, and then feeling the warmth of approval from your Heavenly Father! Be a giver this week! You are loved!

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This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment.” (James‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬ NLT)

In an article by National Review Online, a study was made of the charitable giving by politicians and their parties. The results were ironic. The liberals that claim to do the most for the poor actually do the least, personally and party wise. The top ten states to give were all conservative states. The moral of the narrative? One side of the aisle talks about helping, the other side actually does it.

When God blesses us financially, it’s not so we can just accumulate more stuff. Our faithfulness does lead to more personal blessings, but it also means God desires to give more through you to the needs of those around you. While savings accounts are good and prudent, we must ask ourselves whether our “rainy day funds” are really ours to store. And the worst ones to accumulate against God’s desires to give? Churches with lots of personal prudence but little Kingdom priority.

As you begin your weekend and that dreaded time of back-to-school shopping, make sure your finances are aligned with God’s plan. The first 10% belongs to God. Then consider if God would like for you to meet the needs of someone around you. Afterwards, enjoy what God has blessed you with! The more faithful you live, the blessed you become! You are loved today!

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Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬ NLT)

I hate photo-ops. To do something good for people is a passion for me. But to pause for a photograph of it so we can stick it in the newspaper is actually hard for me to do. Yet, people like to see in the paper the good things going on in our world today, knowing it’s already chock full of the negative stuff anyways. That’s why I do them.

When we help others, we are essentially helping ourselves. God blesses us for what we do, and will cause others to do the same for us when we are in desperate times. We all desire affirmation, to feel good by the praises or appreciative comments for things we’ve done. But people’s emotions are finicky at best, judging our worth on a daily basis and usually on a selfish level. God, however, is the source of our greatest compliments, His opinion being of infinite value beyond anyone else’s!

It’s ok if someone sees you doing good. The redeeming quality of a photo-op is that it might cause others to do good too! But if we hunger for the praise of others more than from God, then our priorities are wrong and our gifts given have no reward. Be a giver in all the right ways! You are loved and blessed today!