Friday, November 30, 2012

Doing for others

Larry DePrimo, in case you haven't heard of him, is a New York City Police Officer who saw a homeless man with no shoes or socks setting on the street. He asked the man what size shoes he wore then went to a Skechers store and purchased this man a $100 pair of all-weather boots and socks.

He had no idea a couple of tourists would witness this act of kindness and take it viral. He was doing this out of a caring spirit and trying to help this poor guy out and make his life just a little better.

This is the way we should approach life and other people. Too many times we hesitate because we think what's in this for me and if we can not see an immediate benefit we do not do it.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!  2 Corinthians 9:6-15

These scriptures tell us that if we will freely help others He will bless us in every way because we are not only helping that  person but we are glorifying God through the deed. We should never help someone out of a selfish heart but you should always do this out a generous heart with no expectation of anything in return as God desires.