Gratitude Day 195 – Giving to Somebody

Tues., Jan. 15, 2019

Matthew 10:11 – Whatever city or village you go into, find somebody in it who is worthy and stay there until you go on your way.

I’ve just finished reading one of Eugene Peterson’s book. Peterson was a pastor who also wrote many, many books, including the Bible translation called, “The Message.” In the book I recently read, this was one of his profound statements:

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

–  Eugene Peterson

Wow. In this world where we spend most of our time and energy trying to fulfill our person wants, needs and desires, Peterson reminds us to look beyond and outside of ourselves. When everyone else is screaming, “Me! Look at me!” Peterson wants us to look everywhere but me.

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Why?

Research has proven this. Personal experience reinforces this. Jesus taught us: we discover what it means to be a servant leader. We often find more joy in giving than receiving. When we do something for someone else, we feel a lot better about ourselves.

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We can all be too busy. We can all be tired and stressed out. We can all be tapped out.

This is exactly the moments when we must find 5 minutes to help someone else. Give a little of ourselves. Discover the joy of giving beyond ourselves.

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And in the process, I’m confident you’ll find just a little gratitude.

For relearning the lesson to encourage others, I am grateful.

Holy God – Thank you for the most excellent lesson from Jesus of how to encourage and give to others. May there be one person who comes across my path today in which I spend an extra five minutes with them, encouraging them. Thanks for being my great encourager. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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