No Bell-ringer.

I was walking into Wal-Mart today. As I was, I observed a father with two children in his shopping cart walk right past the Salvation Army donation bucket. There was no attendant at the bucket; no bell ringer. I heard the child say something. The father promptly stopped, backed back up several steps to the donation bucket, and told his small child, “You’re right! You’re absolutely right! We do need to put something in here.” He pulled out a few bills from his wallet. As he did, I heard him continue to teach his children, “Do you know why we need to do this? . . . ”

At that point I had entered the store and couldn’t have watched any more of the interaction without being rude. But I can only imagine that the father taught his children a valuable message about caring for others in need.

Those who God has blessed are blessed with the purpose of being a blessing to everyone else. Our blessings from God are for everyone else. It’s our job to take the blessing we have received and give it to those who have not. I’m not just speaking about money.

If you are a great swimmer – teach someone how to swim.
If you are blessed with a musical gift – use it at church.
If you have great thoughts – blog.
If you have the ability to smile – do it more often.

We are blessed to be a blessing!

7 Replies to “No Bell-ringer.”

  1. That is very touching if only all the dads were like that..”we are blessed to be a blessing” you said that very well..and I agree with you 110%

  2. Good song…

    “We have been blessed-now we’re going to be a blessing.
    We have been loved-now we’re going to bring love.
    We’ve been invited-we’re going to share the invitation.
    We have been changed-to bring change, to bring change.”

    Adam, I have never before thought of this in that way…that our blessings from God are for other people. This morning we sang “Blessed Be Your Name”, and it speaks of turning everything back to Him. Yet, in sharing with other people the gifts with which we have been blessed, we ARE giving everything back the way He wants us to.

    I’m humbled. Thank you.

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