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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE.....

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  
Acts 20:35
While we were at Disney World during Christmas break, we tried to find a way to do things for others.  Each day, right before we left the parks, we would use our tickets to go get "Fast Pass" tickets to a really popular ride.   I stayed back and snapped a few pictures one day - just to get the reactions.
As we left the park, many others we just arriving.  Our kids would give our "Fast Pass Tickets" to people as they entered.  It was so much fun watching the reactions of the recipients!  One guy said, in a thick Australian accent, "WOW!  You really made my day!"  It was great! Occasionally the language barrier made some a little worried - not sure what was really happening, but for the most part, everyone was very thankful for the generosity.
One of the Sundays we were there, we decided to go to Epcot in the afternoon, after worship and lunch.  By then, there were no Fast Pass Tickets available for the popular rides, so we knew we couldn't ride them or give any tickets away that day.  During the afternoon, two kind boys came up to our two middle boys and gave them tickets for "Test Track" - a car ride!  It was so neat to see the reaction of our two - realizing that perhaps God blessed them because of their generosity during the previous days.  I thanked God for showing that generosity and giving spirit to my boys that day!  I am GRATEFUL for Him showing this truth in such a unique and fun way!

It truly is more blessed to give than it is to receive, but the Bible also teaches that when we generously give, we will be blessed.  It works both ways!

The lesson learned during our vacation was that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you can always, ALWAYS find a way to do good and be a blessing to others.  Maybe it's a kind word to a stranger.  Maybe it is giving something to a stranger.  Maybe it's buying something for a stranger.  Maybe it's just not getting angry when something doesn't go the way you had it planned.  You and I can always find a way to do good.

To see what others are grateful for on this GRATITUESDAY, visit Heavenly Homemakers!

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

I think tha was a really neat thing to do and probably put them out of their comfort zone a little. This past holiday I have heard of so many neat RAKs and I hope they continue into this new year!

 
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