God Blessed Morning Family!
This is the time of year/season is mostly consumed with giving unto others generously. Charities begin to solicit funds and toys for those in need and donations are made with the intention of bringing goodwill unto others. To give from the heart is where we will most benefit but to give begrudgingly or for recognition puts your intentions in a place of shadows. For it is said that when we give we are to do as such so no one knows that we are giving and how much. "Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:2-4 For it is gracious and generous of us to give for we have love for one another but to desire public recognition of your acts of kindness will only beget you public recognition for the glory of God will not compete with the praises in which man will bestow upon you for your display of generosity. Reward and recognition of kind acts is not why we are to do them, for when we give or help others freely the reward we shall receive is an internal connection with the glory of God. No other form of recognition is greater than that of God and when He bestows it upon you He is not looking for recognition from others for His deeds of good are done all the time. To look at this season and make decisions on which acts of kindness you will bestow upon others is commendable but is something which should be considered and done all year round for to withhold you generosity for an occasion says that it is not truly genuine or from the heart but is from a place in which the ego is in need of feeding. Think about what our Lives would look like if God waited for an audiane and a specific time of year to show us Mercy and Grace. This thought might put things into perspective of how giving is a blessing that should be experienced by all all the time for this is how God Blesses us for He Is Good All The Time, He does not wait for an audience nor does He announce it to the world the blessings He has bestowed upon you for they are well intended and done out of unconditional Love. Give and give generously for it is a blessing to Be able to do as such. Be Still And Know That I Am.