A friend sends me "Verse of the Day" from time to time. This one has value anytime and especially at this time of year. I'd like to share it with you.
It's been said that real heroes never talk about what they've done. A report by the Chicago Tribune said: "Scores of Americans, from clergymen to lawyers to CEOs, are claiming medals of valor they never earned." People brag about great things they never did. Many high-profile celebrities have "foundations" set up to do good things in their name. Isn't it funny how a camera crew often seems to be nearby to record these "good works?" Pop artist Andy Warhol once said, "In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." One look around at pop culture today will tell you that millions of people are willing to do anything to make sure that statement comes true for them. The truth is, there have always been people who seek the world's approval for the good things they do or worse, for good things they've never done! Then there are those who do their good deeds quietly in order to seek the approval of their heavenly Father. When scripture tells the story of the widow who gave two "mites,' which was the least valuable coin in circulation, this gift would amount to nothing in most people's eyes. But Jesus saw what others did not. She had given "all that she had" (Mark 12:44). The widow wasn't trying to draw attention to herself. She was simply doing what she was able to do. And Jesus noticed! As the holiday season is upon us, we will have ample opportunity to do good things. There are myriad charities, homeless shelters, food banks, angel trees, etc., that will be vying for our generosity. So do whatever you can and do it from your heart. But don't forget that our Lord sees all that we do, though it may seem very small. The size of the gift isn't what's important. It may be nothing more than showing a cheerful countenance in difficult times or an unnoticed act of love and kindness to someone who happens to pass by. It may be a brief, silent prayer for a neighbor in need. But whatever we do, may our gifts be sacrificial, from the heart and full of love. They should be secretive and never showy. The world may never know about our good deeds, but who cares? We will be pleasing our heavenly Father above. God looks at the heart, not the hand; the giver, not the gift. (Source Unknown).
"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and said unto them,'Verily I say unto you, This poor widow hath cast more in than all they who have cast into the treasury, for all they did cast in of their abundance, but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.' " (Mark 12:41-44).Selah! Only when time is past and eternity is upon us will we realize the full impact of our service for Him! Ron