In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35
All you have to do is watch television… any channel – choose one, to see the faces and hear the voices of people in need. Charities are taking to the airwaves like never before, keeping their cause near and dear to our thoughts and hearts. These days it’s not just human beings, but animals too. I love animals (and humans most of the time), but how do we know which charities are best to contribute to?
Charitable giving is what this day is all about. On the heels of Thanksgiving, when we are thankful for our many blessings – and on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when we save a ton of money on things, the idea is to give back today. That savings you realized, you could choose to bless someone, whether 2-legged or 4-legged, with the money you saved.
We all tend to support the causes that are closest to our hearts – and that’s only natural. I support causes in my mother’s honor and ones that she would find important. I can’t tell you what charities to support any more than you can tell me – but if you are in doubt about whether your dollars are being used wisely, I have a suggestion. Pray about it. I believe if we ask God what is best, He will guide us.
Also, click on this link:
This is a charity search engine that will let you know if an organization is legitimate. A generous soul does not have to be a blind one – or a dumb one. It’s sad to think there may be bogus charities out there, but they do exist. People do desperate things to get money!
Maybe today you would rather take the opportunity to give on a more personal level. Do you know someone who could use a visit, phone call or card? Has God brought someone to mind that you need to tend to? Before you get too busy – stop what you’re doing and make that visit, phone call or send that card! God will bless you for making the effort.
What sort of gifts could you consider giving?
- Does somebody need to be warm? Give the gift of a coat, mittens or a scarf.
- Does somebody need food in their pantry? Give the gift of a fruit basket, box of nuts or a gift card for the local grocery store.
- Does somebody need gas in their car to get to work? Give the gift of a prepaid card for that.
- Does somebody need to be heard? Give the gift of a listening ear with a closed mouth.
- Does somebody need help paying for medication? Give the gift of support by going with them to the pharmacy and helping them pay for it. Some medication is literally life-saving.
- Does somebody need a hug? Give the gift of a hug – at least 3 seconds. I read somewhere that a hug has to be at least 3 seconds long to be effective.
- Does somebody need God’s Word? Give the gift of a new Bible – or even a gently used one. At one time a local antique store in our city sold Bibles for a dollar. They looked brand new. That’s where I got award Bibles for Sunday School promotions. Our local Dollar General has Precious Moments children’s Bibles for less than $10.
- Does somebody need prayed for? Well, isn’t that a silly question? We ALL need prayers. If we can’t afford anything monetarily, we can sure afford to send up some prayers for those who cross our path and those God lays on our heart to pray for. And don’t forget to tell the person you’re praying for them. It always encourages my spirit to know when someone lifts me up in prayer.
Is it silly to pray for those people and animals in advertisements for charities? No, I don’t think it’s silly. Even though they don’t have a clue who I am, I know they have a need, and I know that God can meet that need. So I pray for the 2-legged and the 4-legged ones who need help.
I can’t give money to every one of them, but my prayers are certainly with them. I would add; however, that prayers are not tax-deductible. Not yet. 🙂