Give and Receive – Ag in the Bible
It’s Christmas and with the season comes much negativity. We could give in to that but I prefer not to. As I went about errands yesterday I thought about how nice it was to hear Christmas songs in Save-A-Lot as I picked up a few groceries.
I thought about the pressing water bill – an unheard of $76 this month, 8,000 gallons worth, with no leak seen and much higher than any bill we’ve had. But of course the city governments don’t make mistakes so we pay it and adjust our attitude, fight it and do without or find a way to resolve it. At the highest point last summer with misting lines running 14 hours a day it didn’t get much over $40 so it’s hard to believe that kind of consumption. But alas, it’s there.
I thought of the trying to get back home, get a reliable vehicle and keep firewood to stay warm. And although this, too, shall pass, it’s much more fun to give than receive. So the whole thing got me thinking of givers and receivers.
In every way I showed you that by working hard like this we should help the weak and remember the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”Acts 20:35
I have a friend on Facebook from up around home who has had some health issues this year. Medical bills piled up and of course it’s a stress of how to pay for it, on a bigger scale than a water bill! She received a note yesterday to do something special for herself – her bill was paid. Someone came in and covered the bill for three patients – $250,000 in bills. Now I don’t know who the person was who did it, but he or she certainly deserves a thank you for stepping up to make a difference as he/she could!
How often could we make a difference for someone without a big effort? One person might spend $10 or $20 for groceries for the person behind them at the store, or cover a utility bill or take a 2 for 1 coupon and get someone lunch.
Sometimes we can give, sometimes we can’t. Usually we don’t miss it. And most of the time it doesn’t make the news – even in those larger amounts. We think the “rich” hoard their money, and many do. But many who have more also help others. Rich is relative. If you can help someone else without missing what it cost then is that not rich?
Help someone. When needed, ask for help. Humbling, but it truly does go around. Give and receive.