Blessed to Be a Blessing
And [if] one of you says to [a believer in need], “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? James 2:16
Recommended Reading – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
A grieving Canadian widower was dining alone in a restaurant for the first time since burying his wife of 43 years. Seated nearby was a young couple who reminded him of the love he and his wife had shared. He quietly gave the restaurant money to cover the couple’s meal and wrote them a note on a napkin. He thanked them for the memories they evoked, related a bit of his own situation, and wished them well in their lives.
He could have enjoyed the memories alone. He could have stopped by their table and greeted them. But he went a step further — he took money from his pocket to bless a couple of strangers with a meal and encourage them in their lives. Opportunities to be a blessing to others are fleeting and should be grasped. Wishing someone well is one thing; taking steps to ensure they are blessed is another — especially when they have a need that we can meet. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others (1 Peter 3:9).
Commit yourself now to be a blessing to others today. When that fleeting opportunity appears, you will be ready.
Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.
Frederick W. Faber