Giving is the true spirit of God, He gave us this world to live in, food and everything we need to live, life so that we can enjoy living, and above all He gave His Son so that we may be saved. So we need to remember all we have been given and be thankful.
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
It is in giving that we truly see what is important. Lunch out with a friend or ministry work, new shoes (even if you have 40 pairs) or meals for a month for a homeless person. If you don’t have perspective of everything you have been blessed with you loose site of others needs. You don’t see the opportunities to bless others with what God has blessed you with already. It is in understanding that all this is here because of Him and we are just here to tend and care for all HE has. When you put this perspective on life and the world it seems that many things are trivial at best.
“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Take the time to really look around you for those in need, not just pass by and do nothing. Let us never be caught in that category of those that do nothing. Jesus even did not let his followers not pay attention – for he called them unbelieving generation…
14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”