Jesus said Himself “It’s more important to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). After He said this He knelt down and prayed with His people. The people then began to cry. How would you feel if you weren’t able to work or buy something? Then, all of a sudden someone came in and bought that item for you or gave you that job you needed? I’ve been there and I felt so loved when someone was willing to give me something that I couldn’t obtain myself out of the kindness of their heart.
When I eventually got into the position to be able to do something for someone else it made me think back to that time when I needed someone else’s help and how they helped me. It made me want to give more than I had received from that other person the first time because I remembered how good it felt that they made me feel loved and cared for. I always feel better when I’m giving or doing for others and not just receiving. I don’t even think the person who gave me the opportunity even realized what a big deal it was for me at the time. That little act of kindness was really able to change my whole perspective on the importance of doing or giving to others.
Not only did their little act of kindness impact my life and perspectives in a big way but, It made me want to make a positive impact on another person’s life in any way I could. It’s so important to seize every chance you get to do something for others because you never know what they are going through or when you’ll get the chance to do it again. You never know how much someone could need that job, ride to the store or item at the store. It doesn’t even have to be something tangible it could be something simple and free like a compliment, advice, a hug or even a listening ear.
Think about it, if we all did more for each other and stoped only thinking about ourselves how much better we would all feel. When we feel good we treat others better and do more for them. Acts 20:35 is a strong statement Jesus make’s because even if you think what you’re giving to someone else isn’t that big of a deal, it could mean something big to them. One mans trash is another mans treasure. How can you do something for someone else today to lift them up?
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 himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Prayer Starer: Lord, please give me the opportunity to do something for someone else today. I pray you fill my heart and thought’s through out the week to give and do more for others. Thank you for all the blessing you have given me. Amen.