Blessed to Be a Blessing
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” - Hebrews 13:6
Today when I arrived at the office, Pam Walker was already hard at work - surprise, surprise! She was busy getting the flowers and gift baskets our Deacons will be delivering, ready for their pick-up. Charlie Balentine was also there, and as I arrived, he was beginning to pickup trash that had blown onto our front yard during last night’s storm. I went ahead and joined him and in just a few minutes, we’d cleared the yard, including the post office, of trash.
Well, just as I was turning the corner, I looked into our flower bed and saw… a $20 bill! It may sound funny to you, but my first thought was “Charlie just got paid for cleaning up the trash!”
To me, it’s a perfect example of the Christian life of service and sacrifice. We serve and we sacrifice for each other because it’s the right thing, because it’s what we’re called to do, because it blesses them tremendously. But then, when we’re all done, we discover that we’ve been blessed too! We don’t go into it expecting anything in return. We don’t go into it looking for anything in return. But inevitably, always, God blesses us through our sacrifice and service!
That leads into something else I wanted to share. Many of you know that we, as a church, have partnered with the village of Lomas del Aguila and the ministry of Heart to Honduras. We’re in the process of preparing our 3rd team this Summer, should the way be clear! And as it turns out, our Honduran brothers and sisters are being affected by this global pandemic as well.
As a church, we’ve been instrumental, in partnership with the Greater Canonsburg-Houston Ministerial Association, the City Mission and Mayor Rhome, of providing food for families at our Monday Pop-Up Food Pantry. It’s been an amazing ministry and so needed! And here’s the next step, the next ripple, the next challenge for us to step up to - sharing the blessings we have with our partners in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in all of the world!
If you are able, I invite you to give $40 to this initiative - Food for Families Relief - through Heart to Honduras. That $40 will feed an entire family! You can go to Heart to Honduras’ website to learn more: hth.org or click here to donate!
$40 doesn’t go very far here in Canonsburg, but it can have a HUGE impact in Honduras!
I can’t promise you that your $40 will multiply and be returned to you next week. I can’t promise that you’re going to get a check in the mail, or find cash in your flower bed because you served and sacrificed for our brothers and sisters in Honduras. BUT, I can promise you that if you’re willing to bless others, if you’re willing to serve, if you’re willing to sacrifice as Jesus invited us to… Jesus himself will indeed bless you.
Thanks to all of you who continue to serve and sacrifice together for the sake of this community and the cause of Jesus Christ, I’m grateful to be among you, especially now!
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,