Habits for the Schoolyear: A Heart That Blesses

Habits for the Schoolyear: A Heart That Blesses
Blog Writers - Wed Sep 05, 2012 @ 07:33PM
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A Heart that Blesses

I was scared.  What would my friends think?  I was hopeful.  Maybe this would be a good idea after all.  I was trembling.  What if the receiver didn’t like the gift?  But I did it anyway. 

These thoughts described how I was feeling just a week ago.  I had emailed my friends and started a “Blessing Basket” group.  The plan would be to create a lovely basket and fill it with fruit, candy, nuts, soap, macaroni, hair products, and other daily necessities.  My heart skipped a beat as I sent the email, and, unfortunately, the response I got was not what I was expecting.  But, instead of mope and complain, I went along with my plan and created a unique basket for an elderly widow attending our church.  Do you know what?  She was very blessed and happy. 

This was just a small example of a way that you can bless others.  In fact, just this afternoon I was able to bless our neighbour by shovelling her snow for her.  Boy, it took awhile, and there was at least 3 feet of thick, heavy snow to plod through, but my brother and I did it.  Did we get paid?  No.  Did we get an amazing recognition in the paper?  No.  But you know what?  We didn’t do it to get fame, publicity or money.  We did it to bless someone else.

Let’s take a peek at 2 Corinthians 9:12:

 “What you are doing is much more than a service that supplies God's people with what they need. It is something that will make many others thank God.”   

            I especially love that last part, don’t you, dear friend?  “It is something that will make many others thank God.”  Think about that for just a moment.  What is our goal?  Is it to make many others thank us?  Is it to have the news come and interview us?  Is our goal to earn world-wide recognition and become rich?  No!  It’s to make “many others thank God.”  Sometimes we really do want to give ourselves glory, don’t we?  It’s so easy to want to be the best, be loved, and be popular.  But who are we supposed to thank?  God.  Who are we supposed to direct the ‘thanks’ we get to?  God. 

            But How? 

Here are some very practical ideas. 

  • When you are at the drive-thru, pay for the purchase of the car behind you! 
  • Leave your magazines at a doctor’s office once you’ve read them.
  • Leave enough change in a vending machine for the next person to get a snack—free.
  • Drop off toys and games at a children’s hospital.  The children there can definitely enjoy them! 
  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Send a “Blessing Basket” to your local fire station, police station, or even just someone in your own congregation at church.  Stock it with necessities and cover it in cellophane.  Deliver it to them with an encouraging card. 
  • Cut coupons and leave them by the items at the store.  Example: you can cut a Kraft Dinner coupon out and leave it near the Kraft Dinner boxes. 
  • If you play an instrument, or like to sing and tell stories, talk to the events coordinator of your local senior’s home about a good time to come and share your talents with the seniors.  My family has done this in the past and it is a wonderful way to show the older folk that you care.
  • Take cookies or muffins to your local police or fire department and thank them for what they do.
  • Every day ask yourself, "What can I do to bless someone today"?  Then, pray and determine to look for at least 1 way to be a blessing.

 

Do It Now!  Right now, jump up and go ask your mom if you can help prepare dinner. Or check to see if your sister has made her bed (if she hasn't, make it for her).  Look for a way to serve right at this very instant.  Go check if your Dad needs help mowing the grass or maybe see if your older brother needs help with one of his projects.

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