Our world needs more benevolence

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A few weeks ago, the children of our church had their summer vacation Bible school. Keri, the director of the Bible school, challenged the children to bring in food for the church food pantry ministry.

The children accepted the challenge, and brought in 161 food items. They were thrilled and very excited they had a part in sharing with and helping people in their time of need. They reminded all of us that the more you give to others the greater your joy.

Acts 20:35 reads, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I was raised in a home where we were taught to share what we had with others. My parents always did their best with what they had to make sure our needs were met. They taught us that it was more blessed to give than to receive.

My wife and I have continued the teaching given to us by both of our families, and handed it down to our children. Our children are now handing it down to our grandchildren and they are passing it on to their children.

It’s thrilling to see our children and grandchildren involving themselves in helping those in need.

I gave a beggar from my little store

Of well-earned gold. He spent the shining ore

And came again, and yet again, still cold

And hungry, as before.

I gave a thought, and through that thought of mine

He found himself, the man, supreme, divine!

Fed, clothed, and crowned with blessings manifold.

And now he begs no more.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The next time you see or hear of a person in need, do your best to help accommodate the need of that person. You will be surprised at the blessing you will receive.

“One act of charity will us more of the love of God than a thousand sermons” (Anonymous).

Our world is in need of people with a heart of love and benevolence. Let us all join together and lend a helping hand to those around us. You can make someone’s day today.

THINK ABOUT IT!

About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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