Friday, November 30, 2012

Taking Things for Granted

This week, I have learned a little more about the families that live in our town. Until I went out and looked for myself at some of the living conditions people have to live in, I didn't know how much I took for granted. I have taken a lot for granted!

I drove around this afternoon and took long back roads through the country and discovered an area where most people would refuse to go. I was amazed at some of the living conditions that some families live in and thought to myself, I have so much to be thankful for. I thought back about what I have had the opportunity to give to others and haven't. How many times do we hesitate to give our time, donations, tithes, offerings, or give to charities. Some people don't because they aren't sure where it goes, or if it will make it harder to get something THEY want. If we are all honest, we have all had those thoughts at one point or another.

There are so many opportunities to do good things for people around us. If we just stepped out of our little world once in a while, we would see so many opportunities to help others and improve the spirits of families that haven't had much hope. Hebrews 13:16 (MSG) says, "Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets."

We just finished a holiday that reminds us that we should give thanks for all things, even the trials and tribulations we face. The next season is an opportunity to give back; to give to those who are less fortunate than us and to sacrifice for God as an act of worship. I would like to challenge all of us to look for opportunities to share in the blessings that God has given to us and use the opportunity to give back to others who are in need.

In Titus 3:14 (NLT), Paul writes, "Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive."

Some of you may have seen on Facebook this week the picture of a New York City police officer helping a homeless man. The story went viral and received so many hits that it was big enough to be a story on CNN this morning. The show Starting Point, just this morning, shared the heart touching story of a police officer who saw a homeless man on the street and offered him a pair of boots. He took notice that the man didn't have any shoes or socks. He had blisters on his feet and knew that it was very cold that night. The police officer took the time to talk to the man and give him some boots to wear. A lady saw the officer and was so touched at his sensitivity to the man that she posted the picture and a comment to the NYPD Facebook page.

Blessed in Christ,

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