If one-hundred dollars were being given away, would you rather be the giver or receiver? Most of us would want to receive the money, but Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Since Jesus didn’t say what the blessings would look like or when they would come, most of us would rather have the cash now than wait for an unknown blessing. But think of it this way: if Donald Trump gave you the choice between a one-hundred dollar gift and a surprise, which would you choose? I think I’d choose the surprise. And since Jesus’ resources don’t have a limit like Mr. Trump’s, and since He can make things happen that are bigger than money, His surprises should be even better.
Let’s test Jesus on this in the new year, and see what happens. Just remember, blessings come in many forms, and while it sounds a little silly, sometimes the best blessing you could receive is the smile on the face of the person you helped. A smile might not sound like a better deal than a one-hundred dollar gift, but the joy you have in remembering it will last a lot longer than the money.
And you don’t have to be wealthy to be generous. Here are ten ways to give in the new year:
- Give someone a call
- Have someone over
- Do something helpful for someone
- Send an encouraging note to someone
- Buy a surprise gift for someone
- Pray spontaneously with someone
- Give a financial gift to someone
- Volunteer for a worthy cause
- Visit someone who lives alone
- Tell someone why you appreciate them