Charity at Home and Church

Posted by Unknown Thursday, January 10, 2013

"Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love." 3 John 1:5 (NIV)

I had an amazing breakfast conversation with a woman who lives in Baltimore, but is a native of South Africa. She discussed with me how in her  early childhood years her father impressed upon her a responsibility to give to others. Accumulate the wealth you need, but contribute the excess to better the lives of people. She received an inheritance and from those proceeds donated $1,000,000 to a charitable cause in Baltimore City. She remarked, "I wish I had met you four years ago." I replied. "All things work in God's time."

I left our meeting with a renewed sense of commitment to the cause of improving the quality of life of people. I learned early in life, "Charity begins at home. " I now understand charity can work through the church into the community when it is learned at home.

God has blessed each of us with gifts, skills, and resources. A little contribution from every one helps a lot.

"Do a good turn daily" was the Scout Motto. It is still relevant today, maybe more so.



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