“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again” (Proverbs 19:17).
The New Year, 2014, is filled with promises of new beginnings, new resolutions and second chances. In a moment of quiet reflection we count our blessings and the abundance in which God has bestowed them upon us. Some may reflect in deep humility while others proudly boast, it is wise to be grateful and generous. To whom much is given, much is required.
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us they have friends to protect them.” With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”
All too often we tend to forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. In the words of Fred G. Sanford, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” it’s all a matter of one’s perspective. It makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the blessings we have, instead of worrying about wanting more. “For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me” (Psalms 109:22).
Christmas and the New Year that comes shortly thereafter is about more than the material, it is about the things that matter, tending the wounded heart, loving our poor earthly neighbors and being honest with ourselves. Although we may think of ourselves as middle class, upper class or just classy, in the classes Jesus taught the subject always focused on remembering those individuals who are less fortunate than we are. Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’s name throughout the year, he will bless you.
Grady Norman Greene Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ