Sure there’s folks who may only go to church on holidays… but none of us know the day it may take hold of their heart and change their life.
So instead of judging their attendance pattern, how about praying they have a life changing moment?
I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday season & remembering those less fortunate.
Isn’t it funny how you can get some people to give during the holidays but never at any other time of the year? Not all people though. Some of us are givers as a lifestyle.
First of all everyone has it in them to give. Most of the time when people lose the ability to be giving it’s normally because they have been hurt as a result of giving too much to the wrong person so instead of being a more careful giver, they become a bitter non-existent giver.
A giver isn’t always necessarily someone who gives material things away. Don’t make that mistake! There are quite a few folks that give material things only because it’s a tax write off or because it makes them look good. Here’s how you can pick those out, they talk about it or tell you about it & everyone else. When people give things and never let anyone forget it? It wasn’t a real gift. Giving comes from your heart and when you truly are giving out of your heart? You forfeit the right to bring it up again if it was done in love.
Giving should always be done from the heart and in love. I was talking about this this morning with one of my girlfriends. It came up because we work in Public Housing. We have senior and elderly residents in our building and for their Holiday party, I asked them to nominate a neighbor. Basically, the folks where I work can’t afford to give gifts most of the time so I bought the gifts, they nominated the neighbor. This morning she and I were going through the gifts I purchased and not for nothing? Walgreens had some really nice $5 gifts. That’s how the whole thing started. We were impressed with what we were able to get for $5 and I asked her “Isn’t that crazy? This is a nice gift that says I thought of you and for some people they wouldn’t even appreciate it because it’s not enough? What happened to it’s the thought that counts?”
I’m not sure what happened to the way of people’s thinking. Maybe it started to change when parents assumed that having a TV, DVD Player, & gaming system in a child’s room was just part of the furniture and not something that should be earned as a privilege. Maybe it was when people forgot that having new shoes & clothes for school didn’t mean it had to be $100 shoes or jeans. Maybe it was when the imposter hip-hop took over and started brain washing both parents and kids that the only way to live or the definition of “arrived” is when you have a weekly budget for booze, cars, clothes, hoes, and the club. Maybe it was when parents started giving eight year olds $600 phones. Not sure, don’t care.
There is truly a lack of kindness in the world and it honestly makes me sick. I chose not to live like that and yes, there are drawbacks like giving your love and kindness to a person and they turn around and snake you. But you know what? That’s on them, not on you. Don’t let it change you. One day and we all know we’re not promised tomorrow, you will give an account for your behavior. If you died today, would you be happy with the answer?
Just a little soul food Fam.
This blog is multi purposeful right now and I do believe it will be right on time. I think at this point, just about everyone I know (myself included) is going THROUGH IT. Not just like regular things, extra things. The series of unfortunate events that you look up at the sky towards God and scream “UM HELLO? Anytime you’d like to step in now…”
DO YOU TRUST GOD? Ask yourself that seriously. Most of us only kind of do. You trust him because it sounds good, but do you REALLY trust him in your finances? In your marriage? Waiting on a mate? You get the point. What makes something faith is the fact that you can’t see it, you KNOW it. (Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen) When you doubt, you kick the door wide open for fear which cripples your faith. You either believe God’s got you, or you don’t. See, don’t confuse faith with your feelings. You don’t always “feel” spiritual, God’s presence, secure, in love, or anything else. Everything in your life especially faith is a choice and a decision. You are under no obligation to trust God at all.
When you ask God for faith, He doesn’t wave a wand and give you faith. Situations begin to present themselves for you to exercise your faith. If you tell God that “if you were rich you’d do this & this.” What good is that? The key to unlocking blessing in your life plain and simple is to be a blessing, especially when it’s harder for you to do. These things make your character. These situations are the very things that turn up the heat and melt your imperfections and make you better. A lesson will keep repeating it’s self until you’ve mastered it.
Your test becomes your testimony. A set back is a set up for something better. If the struggle is real right now? You better thank God and keep your composure because your blessing is on the way. Did you ever stop and think, the outcome of your reward is calculated from your response to the test? Why do you deserve to be rich if you never help anybody now? If we gave you a million, you’d be just as selfish as you are now except with a million dollars & since you don’t care because you’d have a million, is exactly the reason you don’t have it now. We will never understand everything and in case you haven’t noticed, God does not always come when you want him to, but he is ALWAYS on time. He has a highly esteemed reputation for never letting anyone down and He certainly isn’t going to mess that up for you.
There is a lot of people in this world way more messed up then you. The Holidays is a time of year many, many people suffer from suicidal tendencies and depression. An entire town in Connecticut will mourn the anniversary of children who were killed last year, even the children who were hidden in other rooms but heard the shots fired that killed their friends. Pause. Now what exactly was your problem again? I strongly encourage you to muster up some strength & faith, push past the way you feel and be a blessing to someone else. You won’t be sorry you did and whatever it is that’s your issue right now? God’s got it. Promise.