Does helping others really help you?

There are so many pleas for our dollars and it is often overwhelming. Hurricane Harvey victims, pets, homeless, the family with the sign asking for money, veteran help agencies, St Jude’s hospital.  Each a good cause, each asking for money.  You know it is the right thing to do, but when is enough?  Deuteronomy 15:11: There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. Which charities should you help.  The church alway wants money. Charity starts at home.  Recently someone said if things are not right at home, and you try to help others, you will not be successful. If the home falls apart then life is a mess and  when you are in chaos helping others, well it might just be too much.  Sure helping others takes the focus off of you. It can be a two edged sword. Also at home there are problems and then there are PROBLEMS. If you are having everyday problems at home, helping others will take the negative focus and turn it into positive energy.  However, if you are having PROBLEMS, then focus on the home.  Fix it and then you can help others.  It is the log in the eye versus the speck in the eye.  Which still does not answer the question to whom should I give my money?  The Bible tells us 10%.  Recently I told someone that if you are giving money to God’s work, then it counts as the 10%.  What if you want to do more?  This is my advice, pray and ask God commit your plans to the Lord and God will keep your path straight. You do not have to give to every charity that comes your way.  Trust God and he will let you know which ones are worth your attention. 

Helping others helps you because one, you are working for God’s kingdom. When you work for God’s Kingdom there are always blessings (does not necessarily mean monetary). More often than not you will feel better about yourself.  Feeling Better about yourself is worth a million dollars.

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