As I sit here this morning thinking about my life and all I have, I think about how many people I have seen or heard in person or across social media the past several weeks and days, speak about how the holidays are not going to be the same.
They are not. Maybe that is not such a bad thing. Maybe this holiday we will learn to appreciate each other a little more, show more patience with one another, cherish the time together when we do see one another, and listen to each other when we speak. Maybe this holiday season there will less turmoil at the Christmas table, less gift-giving, and more love receiving. Maybe there will be more adults teaching their children the true meaning of Jesus and God. Maybe there will be more prayers.
Prayers for the needy, the hungry, the sick, the poor, those in distress. Maybe relationships that have fallen by the wayside will heal and come back together. Maybe in this horrific pandemic, there will come some good.
Why do we need one day a year to celebrate? We should be celebrating every day. We should celebrate life, love, happiness, triumphs, accomplishments, achievements, blessings, and one another. We do not need a special reason to call a friend or family member. Do it today, do it tomorrow, do it randomly.
Reach out and check on your people, your loved ones, friends, even strangers. Acts of kindness go a long way. Smile at that stranger, mail your neighbor a card, yes you heard me, mail your neighbor a card. Give a tip to your drive-thru person, tell someone they are beautiful, compliment someone. How about you even compliment yourself.
There are little things we can do every day to brighten a gloomy world around us if we just take a moment to do so.
When I have thrown out “GoFundMe” or donation requests for people in need, I often receive the response, “I have to take care of my own first”.
That is wonderful, yes you should take care of your own, however, God says to help those in need. So that I do not lose you now, I will save those verses for later.
You see when you continuously help your family or friends, the become to expect it. You are enabling them. They are learning nothing from their behavior besides how to become a user. They are not learning to stand on their own two feet, supply their own needs, they are not learning to become good human beings in a lot of ways. There is a huge difference between being helpful and being a hindrance.
I have learned this the hard way. Feeling as though I have always had to save my children when in fact, my children did not need saving. I had already instilled in them the tools they needed to provide and do for themselves. Yes, at times they needed help, on occasion we all do.
I recall many times; my oldest son would get paid and the next day he would have maybe $20.00. I would ask where his money went? He would say. “Ma, I paid my bills and I then I gave the rest to the homeless!”. I was astonished. How would he eat for the next two weeks? He would always say “God will provide”,
God always did, this was also something I taught him as a child along with the way we made it through life was by the grace of God.
Please do not label me as a “Holy Roller”, “Bible Thumper”, “Preacher”, or anything of such. I am a true sinner, just telling my life stories, hoping to give guidance from what I have been through and how God and Jesus have helped me. I have seen demons and spirits and battled the, no evil. Yet, I am here to say that WE must help others, out of joy, out of unselfishness, we must not always use the excuse “help ourselves first”, God will provide for us!
If you could find it in your heart to be kind to others on those cloudy days, please do! Your one act of kindness could save a life! Help someone battling depression. If you donate to someone or an organization, you could also help them in many ways that are unknown to you.
Now for those verses I promised!
God bless you all and remember kindness!
• Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
• Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.
• Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore, I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor, in your land.’
• Galatians 6:2 Bear one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
• Proverbs 22:9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
• Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who begs from you and does not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
• Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ ...
• Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure, you use it will be measured back to you.”
• Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
• Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
• Proverbs 28:27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
• Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own
• 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 destroy. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
• 1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
• Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
• 1 John 3:17-18 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children let us not love in word or talk but indeed and truth.
• 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.
• James 2:14-17
• What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also, faith by itself if it does not have works, is dead.
• Romans 15:1 We who are strong must bear with the failings of the weak, and not please ourselves.
• Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
• Proverbs 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
• Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
• Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
• Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
• Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
• Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it.
• Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
• 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.”
• Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
• Acts 20:35-38 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
• Proverbs 29:7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
• Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
• Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
• 2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
• Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
• Proverbs 22:22-23 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.
• Leviticus 19:9-10 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.
• 1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
• Romans 12:8 The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
• 2 Thessalonians 3:10
• For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
• Exodus 17:12 ESV / 683 helpful votes
• But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So, his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
• John 15:13
• Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
• 1 John 4:19-20
• We love them because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
• James 1:5
• If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
• Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the LORD.
• Luke 3:11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
• James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
• Isaiah 58:6-7 ESV / 610 helpful votes
• “Is not this the fast that I choose: to lose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide from your flesh?
• Leviticus 25:35 ESV / 594 helpful votes
• “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.
• Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 588 helpful votes
• For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
• Luke 14:12-14 ESV / 586 helpful votes
• He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
• Isaiah 58:10 If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
• Matthew 6:1-4 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
• Isaiah 58:10-11 If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
• Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
• Deuteronomy 15:10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
• Galatians 6:10 So then, as we have an opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
• Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
• Proverbs 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
• Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
• Exodus 22:25 “If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.
• Deuteronomy 15:10-11 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore, I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor, in your land.’
• Mark 10:21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
• 2 Corinthians 9:12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
• Deuteronomy 15:7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,
• If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
• Matthew 26:11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
• Revelation 1:1-20
• The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...
What will your act of kindness be today?