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The Importance of Giving to Others

We, as Christians, have a tendency to pick and choose what parts of the Bible we want to follow as instructions for our lives, but we can’t do that. We have to use ALL of God’s word to shed light on our path.

Even if you don’t have a lot of money to give away, you can give your time and/or your talents. You can volunteer for a soup kitchen. If you can play an instrument, you can take the time to teach a child (or adult for that matter) to play without charging. Sometimes, it’s the simple things like this that make a bigger impact than money ever could anyway…

It’s important to help others for the following reasons:

1. By helping others, we allow God to use us as His vessel and are able to minister and bless someone else; showing God’s glory.

Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

2. Helping others is a commandment that was physically uttered from Jesus’ very lips. As Christians, we strive to be Christ-like and what better way is there to do that than to do exactly as He spoke of doing?

Luke 3:10-11 – “And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

John 15:12 – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”

3. If we were having a hard time in life, we would appreciate the help. Have you ever heard the phrase: “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” Well, it applies here.

Matthew 5:42 – “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

4. Another phrase comes to mind: “You can’t take it with you.” Since we can’t take our earthly possessions into Heaven with us, why not use them to bless others here on earth that could really use them?

Luke 12:33-34 – “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

5. It makes you feel good.

I don’t know about you, but speaking for myself, when I donate clothes or food or my time, I feel better about myself. There is something so humbling about volunteering at a women’s shelter or serving food at a soup kitchen or even just donating clothes you don’t want anymore or rarely wear. It opens your eyes and you realize how good you really have it. I’m guilty of saying “I have nothing to wear” when my closet looks like this:

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or “I have nothing to eat” when my refrigerator looks like this:

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The truth is, most of us can’t even imagine how it would be to truly live without clothing or food.

According to the Food and Agriculture Administration, undernourishment currently affects 842 million people (about 1 in 8 or 12.5% of the world’s population). That’s outrageous!

The exact numbers are hard to validate, but most sources say there are an estimated 3.5 million homeless people in America; 1.35 million of whom are children. The National Center for Children in Poverty states that in addition to the staggering homeless numbers, there are approximately 32.4 million children living in low income families and 16.1 million living in poor families. (They don’t specify what they consider to be “low income” and “poor” though). All of these people need food, clothing, shelter, and yes, they still could use your talents. I know people don’t consider this a necessity, but children who are in extracurricular activities (sports, band, chorus, etc.) tend to thrive and do better in academics, as well as in life overall. They are able to set goals. They are able to multitask. They are able to live a life where their socioeconomic status is irrelevant.

Consider donating and helping others today. You don’t know just how much your blessing could truly help someone.

Below are some well-known organizations here in the United States to consider donating your time, talents, and funds to:

-American Cancer Society: Donate Blood, Bone Marrow, and/or Funds  for Cancer Research http://www.cancer.org/donate

-American Childhood Cancer Organization: This one is close to my heart because my daughter is fighting Leukemia (A.L.L.). https://acco.org/SupportUs/MakeaDonation.aspx

-Boys & Girls Club: helping youth grow through mentorship and activities http://bgca.org/donate/Pages/DonateByPhoneMail.aspx

-Doctors Without Borders: sending doctors to other countries to treat the sick https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm

-Do you have a car that you no longer need/use? There are many organizations that could use your vehicle and you can choose which one to help out. Check out http://www.donatingiseasy.org/donate-car-to-charity.htm

-The Humane Society of the United States: help homeless animals http://www.humanesociety.org/donate [You can also look up your state, county, or city humane societies or animal rescue groups and donate]

-The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: This one is close to my heart because my daughter is fighting Leukemia (A.L.L.). http://www.lls.org/waystohelp/donate/donateonline/

-The Libri Foundation: donate used hardcover children’s books to be distributed throughout rural public libraries http://www.librifoundation.org

-U.S. Hunger Relief Charity: Stocking food banks nationwide http://www.feedingamerica.org

There are many more out there! Do you have a topic of interest that is close to your heart (i.e. children, animals, the elderly, the homeless, etc.)? Then search it online, make sure it is a reputable organization, and do what you can to HELP OTHERS!

 

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Music Monday-“If We Are the Body” by Casting Crowns

I’m implementing a new “regular” segment called “Music Mondays.” Every Monday, I will post popular song lyrics in the Christian community and will tell of their Biblical importance and specifically, their meaning in my life.

I don’t know how long this segment will continue, but let me know what you guys think and maybe I’ll keep it up for a while.

Today’s featured song is “If We are the Body” by Casting Crowns

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while because it kept coming up in my life. Let me explain…our church just went through the experience of hiring a new pastor. During the hiring process, we had several guest speakers at our church. For two Sundays in a row, two different pastors came and each preached on the body of Christ. What are the odds?! Of all the scriptures they could have preached on, they both touched on the same topic.

Here are the lyrics to “If We are the Body” by Casting Crowns

“It’s crowded in worship today As she slips in trying to fade into the faces The girls’ teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know Farther than they know

But if we are the body Why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching? And if we are the body Why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way.

A traveler is far away from home. He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row. The weight of their judgmental glances Tells him that his chances are better out on the road.

But if we are the body, Why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching? And if we are the body, Why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way.

Jesus paid much too high a price For us to pick and choose who should come. And we are the body of Christ.

But if we are the body, Why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching? And if we are the body, Why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way. Jesus is the way.”

See a music video with lyrics here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4wojcSO9Ww

As the body of Christ, we are called to be His hands and His feet. We are His mouth. We are His arms. We are his entire body. We are to speak His words. We are to help others with our hands. We are to come to others with out-stretched arms and hug and comfort those around us. We are to use our feet to walk on His path and tell others about Him all across the world.

Many of us become complacent in our Christianity. We accept Jesus into our lives and ask Him to live in our hearts, but never change the way we live. It is a lifestyle change. We have to change once we accept Christ because if we truly accept Him, he will change EVERYTHING about us. We are now free, we are a new creation, we are His, we are redeemed from our sins, and we are called to do His will. Many forget this step, but it’s the most important part of the process. Man cannot get into Heaven on good deeds alone, but accepting Christ wholeheartedly changes you and allows you to be whole. You are more than the person you once were. You are now complete, in Him and through Him.

My challenge to you this new year-FULLY commit to God.

Use your hands to help someone else. Use your words to encourage others. Use your feet to bless someone else. Be Christ-like.