November 15, 2019
Today is National Philanthropy day–philanthropy means to care about other people, usually by donating a lot of money. Fun fact: no big surprise, but Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is tops in giving the last year–donating about $2 BILLION dollars (which scarily is less than 2% of his money). Another fun fact: the phil root of the word comes from ancient Greek which means “loving” , the anthro part means ‘man”, that’s why the word means to care for people.
God tells us to love all people, and to not just show God’s love to them, but to put their needs ahead of our own. That’s a tough order, honestly. It’s hard when you’re trying to do homework and your little sister is being really annoying–how are you supposed to show love to her when she’s making it impossible to get your work done?
Turn to God’s word. Pray for patience and love. And always try to put yourself in that person’s place–maybe your sister is feeling left out and lonely? Maybe she’s having a hard time with her friends at school? Sure, she shouldn’t be annoying, but you could take the time to ask her about her day–right?
19 We love because God first loved us. 20 If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters in his family, we are liars. If we don’t love someone we have seen, how can we love God? We have never even seen him. 21 God gave us this command: If we love God, we must also love each other as brothers and sisters.1 John 4:19-21 (ERV)
8 And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work.2 Corinthians 9:8 (ERV)
God promises to give more blessings than we need–you will have plenty of everything. That means physical things, but also blessings of patience and love.
Go do good work.
Lord, Thank you for loving me. I love you Jesus and I’m so grateful that you died to save me. Help me to love all people. And help me to be generous–teach me to give of my money, time and talents–you promise to give us plenty of everything, help me to remember that. Amen.