I have taken on the challenge of praising God in every circumstance for the next 7 days. You may think that I should have been doing this all along but let’s get real~ it’s very easy to NOT be praising all the time. If I started to look at all the Bible verses on Praise, well, we’d be here for a long time. Praise is like breathing for we who are called Children of God but honestly, I forget Whose child I am at times and I do forget to just breathe.
So, on day 2 of this little experiment, I choose to give. Giving is an expression of praise. And if we give freely and recklessly(yes, let’s be reckless) and if we don’t worry about what others are saying or thinking, then we’re really on to something.
My dad had an idea about 6 weeks ago to have a “Love Thy Neighbour” yard sale. Of course the word “sale” implies an exchange of funds but this is a no-money-required kind of sale. Today, we did it. I gave away a bunch of furniture and electronics and a whole bunch of other stuff I thought we “needed” or at least “needed for a rainy day”. We accepted furniture, toys , household items, clothes, electronics, DVD’s, CD’s, video games and so much more for 3 hours. Then, we opened the gates and allowed people to come and take whatever they needed. A few things I noticed right away:
1. People don’t get the concept of “free” and if they do they feel guilt or they get greedy.
2. Some people put their selfishness above others’ needs.(and sometimes not so gently)
3. It doesn’t take long for the word to get out that you’re giving stuff away
4. People STILL don’t get what “free” really means
5. Giving is a blast.
6. We all have WAY more stuff than we NEED.
7. My dad is awesome.
I recently bought the new Mercy Me CD and there is a song on there that describes my dad to a tee. It may not be Dad’s style of music but it is definitely him. Listen to it:
Check out these verses:
Proverbs 3Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—
when you now have it with you.
2 Corinthians 9:7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
And finally, this is my favourite passage:
James 1:22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
The deal is, giving is fun, giving is liberating, giving is praiseworthy.
THANKSGIVING is an oxymoron of sorts….saying “thanks” when you’re “giving”.
But the term Thanksgiving is repeatedly used in the Bible when referring to the act of praise. PRAISE GOD for a good day, a wonderful turnout and blessings all around!
Here’s some pics from today: