Prov. 11:25: The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.

I was browsing the web the other day and ran across this little story that really inspired me to be conscious about doing little things to help brighten someone else’s day.

“Today, at 7 AM this morningm the woman in line behind me at grocery store looked upset, so I bought her a fresh rose for $2.99 that was sitting in a bucket of water at the register. An hour later, when our new corporate VP showed up on her first day of work, she immediately smiled at me and said, “Thanks for the rose. I was just a little nervous this morning about my first day here.”

As I reflceted upon this story and the verse from Proverbs above, I was struck by the notion that every day people are under stress and trying to cope with various forms of anxiety and fear.  Though most of the time we are unaware of what truly burdens the hearts of others, we can in very simple ways be the means and catalyst by which they can find peace, calm, and joy in the midst of daily stress.  Not only does our generosity help and inspire others, but many times we end up benefiting from the very blessings that we share with others.  However, we must be careful that the motivation for our generosity doesn’t become self centered, else it transforms into self-centered greed which never does anyone any good.

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-Chaplain Andy