One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. – Proverbs 11:24
I recently joined a Facebook page promoting distribution of freebies among members. The idea is to give your old belongings cluttering up your closet/storage space to the needy/interested. I like the tagline: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It thrills me knowing that our kabayans are actively supporting each other, we Filipinos refer to as balikatan.
A day after i joined, something caught my attention. A member (info withheld for confidentiality) posted an invitation to collect two bags of toys and one smurf’s bag. I first thought of my son (as parents will), and my niece. These gifts must be a goldmine for me!
Being fond of meeting people and participating with a community, we arranged to meet. It’s a short yet productive conversation.
Did you come across with an advice that goes like “do something new each day”? Well, this is one of those ‘new’! It’s an exciting experience. Like your first eyeball, or catching up with your long-lost friends.
I’m writing this post to express my appreciation for generous hearts sharing something they have for others to benefit with. For that member who gave me such gift, I pray that God will bless their home, prosper in every way (health, wealth,family ties, to name a few). Surely all favors will return to them a hundredfold.
Blessings work when it’s shared. As Darlene Zschech said in an interview during launching of Hillsong’s blessed album: “Be blessed, to be a blessing.” Let your blessings flow like a river from yours to others, so that it will be fresh everyday, new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). On the other hand, stagnant water is lifeless.
Encapsulating this message in one sentence: “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”