A Helpful Gift
By Amanda Usher
“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35 (NLT)
You never know how much of a blessing you could be to someone until you actually lend a helping hand to that person. Assisting others not only brings light to their lives, but it also can fulfill you. Knowing that you were able to help a person should bring you joy. Giving is about more than just a few dollars. It’s about time, effort, energy and the willingness to make other people’s lives better. In return, you’ll receive a blessing for every gift that you offer.
Sometimes you’re not aware of the burdens that a person has on their shoulders. They could be weighed down by financial woes, family struggles or even career battles. You should want to be there for them in any way that’s within your power.
Even if you can’t lend them any money, you can lend them your ears as you listen to them discuss their hardships. That’s one of the main acts of kindness that people look for when going through a trying time. They want to vent and get out all of their emotions. They want to have that one person that they’re positive they can trust and will listen to them with open ears and a nonjudgmental heart.
You could even help them by bringing them to the Lord if they’ve seemed to stray away from Him. Bring them to church with you. They may decide to join, which they probably wouldn’t have had the courage to do so had you not been there with them to start the journey.
Giving does not have to be a solo effort. Get everyone in the community involved! A person in need should be surrounded by support and uplifting energy. People in the community can even gather to help a cause by donating or volunteering. There are several ways to contribute.
Be a gift to someone today, and brighten up his or her life with your kind efforts. The rewards are worth it.
When was the last time you helped someone in need? What did you do for them?
Note: There are various causes to give to, including Tabitha’s House at the House of Hope Atlanta. To find out more, visit houseofhopeatl.org.
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