Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I've been standing with this quote that says "We will reap what we sow". I've been brought up in a family where my mom always taught me the principle behind the quote. With this kind of upbringing, I always remember what we sow, we will reap the fruits. I must develop a lifestyle of living to give instead of living to get. You can do this in many practical ways. If you have things lying around in the house or in your storage, why not trying to give those things away to someone who could use them?
Human nature wants to hold on to everything, it's just simply the nature of us as a human being. If you have things that are not meeting your need, turn it into a seed.
You may be thinking, well, if I had more money, I would give. I know that some people think that way, and even my friends too. That way of thinking is actually wrong, you have to start where you are. You must be faithful with what you have, then God will trust you with more. You may not have so much money, but you can buy somebody's lunch or dinner every once in a while. You can say good things about someone...give somebody a kind word. You can go out of your way to pray for somebody in need.
I have one great real example that my friend in Shanghai is used to do. This might inspire you! Yoanna told me that she doesn't like to give away money to the needy. It's not because she's not generous, but she's afraid that there is some kind of organization that controls these beggars. She prefers her own way to give them...like when she saw an old granny who collects empty bottles, she would buy her some drinking bottles from the supermarket and she gave away those bottles (she didn't even drink it first) plus the 10 Yuan bank note.
There was one morning, she went down to the subway...on her way to work, she saw this unfortunate old man sleeping helplessly in the cold winter. She went home and took her unused blanket, sent it for laundry and the next day she carried it along with her and gave the blanket to that poor man. She even gave away her boyfriend's jacket that costs USD 200. That's really noble of her.
Lovingly written by Lilac Lavandre at 1:19 PM