Thursday, December 21, 2017

No one has ever become poor from giving...

New Venture is currently wrapping up our annual Ring & Run project.  We were provided lists from hundreds of  families requesting toys, clothing, electronics, diapers, etc., to give their children. We then wrapped the gifts and delivered them to the homes of these families, for their children.  

These were families who unable to afford to provide these toys and other items- some of which were the bare necessity items (diapers, pajamas, etc).  While I was at the store picking up some of the requested items, I instantly felt filled with joy and gratitude... it hit me like a ton of bricks.  The most rewarding feeling in life is to give to others- especially children, like these, that were simply asking for a toy to unwrap on Christmas.  

I'm sure you have all heard others say that they cannot afford to spend any more money than they already do on their day to day bills.  You have probably said that to yourself a time or two... and so have I!  But as Hebrews 6:10 says, "God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you helped His people and continue to help them".  

So what I am saying is... It's worth it!  Not only does it feel amazing to give and make that sweet child's Christmas special, but the Lord says that he will also reward you for doing so!

I encourage each and every one of you to give back this Christmas.  Reach out to others and see how you can help them.  It may be something as simple as inviting them to your Christmas event, buying a toy for a child in a struggling family, or bringing someone to church.  You will be rewarded by the ultimate example... our Father.

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