Thursday, December 5, 2013

Others and Praise-Centered

I was carrying a heavy bag of groceries at my right side, two paper bags on each hand, and my purse at my left. Upon heading to the street I live on, I saw a mother with two kids begging for food. I was quickened to give what I had, but I made excuses thinking, "It's too crowded here. My things are heavy. I want to keep going." 

Then came that rebuke, "Ginj, c'mon, you are struggling to carry your stuff... RICH PROBLEMS! But here is a family struggling to stay alive. Turn back. 'It is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.' You said you wanted this month to be all about praise and others. Go back." Simultaneously, these thoughts sped through my mind. So I walked back and grabbed something for them to eat. When I handed them food, I wanted to cry. Thinking about Leyte and other Yolanda stricken parts, I was humbled and rebuked.  It is indeed more blessed to give than to receive. 

Before this month started, I thought about how I would like my year to end. I thought to make it OTHERS AND PRAISE-CENTERED. I have 26 more days to go and I hope that everyday, I will be a blessing!

2 Corinthians 8:5,7 "And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves FIRST to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will. But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving."

Bless someone today!

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