This past year, we as a family realized how blessed we are.
We have our health.
We have a roof over our head and food to eat everyday.
Do not pass by a man in need, for you may be the Hand of God for him. Proverbs 3:27
It was such an eye opening experience for us as a family and put so much into perspective. While most of us were anxious for stuff on that morning( that probably cost a fortune and will entertain us for days, weeks maybe?) There were people thrilled about getting a meal and clean water … accepting them as if we were handing them a winning lottery ticket.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with nice things or wanting to let your kids have nice things.
“It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19
But we can’t forget those that we have the ability to help.
I am 100% guilty of being self absorbed in my own little world. It shames me to think that I probably pass by these same people every week and never really thought about doing this until a holiday rolled around.
We have been so blessed to be part of a church that has taught us the importance of being the hands and feet of Christ. We are constantly surrounded by people that are extending God’s love in every way, and that is what inspired us.
This idea was completely unoriginal. We once heard of someone at our church doing it and loved it. We decided that’s what we wanted to do as well.
But that’s the beauty of doing good. You don’t need to do some completely original, extravagant act .You just do it.
God doesn’t care who or where the idea came from.
And Those things definitely don’t matter to those on the receiving end.
People are feeling the love of Christ.
People are being fed.
“If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.”
Ezra Taft Benson
And if you do happen to come up with something completely amazing, original, mindblasting!, Kudos to you! Let’s hope someone copies you😀
As a family, we want to be more intentional about showing love to those that need it the most. We want to raise children that may learn the importance of putting others first. We’re not perfect, and we will inevitably mess up this whole parenting thing thousands of times… but if we can teach these girls that one lesson, I’ll be a happy mama. And what better way to teach them, then to go out and lead by example?
A new year is coming up. Start it off being the person you want to be.