Today, I had the privilege to be able to help someone. There was someone in my life who was in the need, and God arranged for me to be able to provide something that would be meaningful and practical for this individual. It really was a blessing to be able to do this.
Please understand that I am not seeking any sort of commendation for this action – quite the contrary. Several weeks ago, a good friend of mine stepped into my life, and quite unexpectedly did something remarkably kind and generous. It got me thinking that I should keep my eyes open and ears attentive (to borrow a phrase from the book of 2 Chronicles) for an opportunity to pay it forward. While the concept of “paying it forward” as we understand it today isn’t specifically spelled out in the Bible, helping those in need most certainly is.
There is tremendous truth in the statement, “It is better to give than to receive.” As I was planning to surprise this person with my small gesture, I was filled with delight as I considered what this person would need, and how the small thing that I was doing might help the individual experience the heart of God in a deeper way. This delight was a byproduct of doing what the Bible so clearly instructs:
I didn’t help this individual because I was expecting anything in return; rather, I chose to help this person because I wanted to do so. Not because I was expecting any recognition – I don’t – but rather because I knew it would make this person happy. To see the look on this person’s face was worth it!
I felt great for the rest of the day. Sometimes, God allows us some insight into what He’s doing, and He allows us to participate in the good that He is orchestrating in the world. In my very small way, I had the privilege to give to someone who had a need; and last month, the Lord stirred someone in my life to meet a need that I had. I remember how very touched I was by this person’s gesture, and how profoundly I experienced the love of God through this one incredibly kind act.
Whether you are the giver or the receiver, you come to appreciate that God blesses both people in this divine exchange. My cup is full! Mind you, I’m not the world’s richest person – far from it! – but it doesn’t mean that I can’t take a little of what I have and do something thoughtful and kind for someone in my life. There is tremendous joy to be found in doing so!
My prayer for today is as follows: Dear God, thank You for giving me insight into Your heart of generosity. What a joy it was to be able to do something kind and thoughtful for someone else. Help me to keep my eyes open and ears attentive to what is going on around me, rather than focusing my attention on my own needs and desires, as I tend to do most of the time.
I thank You also for all of the kind and thoughtful people You’ve brought into my life, and the countless ways that they have touched and blessed me. Remind me to “pay it forward” whenever You prompt me to do so, and trust You’re at work all the time meeting the practical, everyday needs of people around me.
Thank You also for giving me the ability to receive goodness from others. I’m so grateful for Your kindness and generosity toward me and to all those around me. Truly, You are a good God! In Your name I pray, Amen.