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Daffodils, Dandelions, and Buttercups

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Matthew 6:1-4 KJV
(1) Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
(2) Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
(3) But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
(4) That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

If you are going to happen someone the best way is to do it without no one else knowing about it but perhaps the receiver. An alm was a gift to the poor. A show of compassion and kindness. The other day the news repeated the store of the fire fighter who gave his shoes to a homeless man. A Catholic church somewhere gave a homeless woman who had a child on the sidewalk in front of the church an empty apartment for year they had. In hopes this would aid in the womanís journey to work and freedom for her and her child. All this charity was not meant to be caught on film but it was. And the crowd cheers at the act of benevolence shown to these people. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine did some work at Baptist mission, she shared the work she and some girls were doing. And with these pictures one felt bless to see a mission project going forth.

The work of saints do not need advertising, the work of saints are clearly known by the poor kid that became rich and donates to charity to help others give like he had once received. Charity is a continual process often given back the same way a person received it. It what they know works and how it benefit them. Charity begins at home they say and yet charity at the home sometimes is left behind. To busy doing for others you forget to do for oneís spouse, kids, and even yourself. The battle of giving is a war of not doing it to get attention, but to give because you want to do it for the Lord. If someone sees it donít worry about it, Let God give you a pat on the back, but donít go tooting your own horn. The devil loves people to boast in what they themselves can do.

With social media and sharing, it is normal to share certain things one is doing to get support. It is the oneís that are silent that you wonder if they ever think of anyone besides themselves. Yet in truth it is not about self but sharing hopes, dreams and reality of things around them. To share a laugh knowing someone else see the picture and laughs too. It sharing a scripture not for boasting but just sharing.

Sharing what you love there nothing wrong with that, but in truth what you give will come back to you. A hand shake, a kind word, shoes when the soles are worn, and the shirt that needs mending can be tossed because a new shirt is given. It is the silent giving of a loaf of bread or meat for freezer not to be seen or heard. It is the silent need of diapers, or formula for a mother barely making rent much less all the other things needed. It is the quarter given in the checkout line to the person short on change. It does happen. That what them little penny trays are for at the checkout line.

Charity is simply that caring when a need arises. Baby sitting when someone goes to the doctor, instead of allowing the parents to tote the kids along. It is that child who learns to pick flowers first for momma and then for the elderly person at the nursing home. It is the beginning of daffodils, dandelions, and buttercups being gather and given. A process that begins with childhood and continues through out life. It is the lesson on how to give and not to give to be seen, but to give with love with no reward but a smile.

Dear Heavenly Father teach each of your children to give as child giving daffodils, dandelions and buttercups to people in need. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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