Give it anyway. It all adds up.
I’m thinking about my neighbors. I don’t see any of them frequently, but between them all, I have a lot of contact.
- One came to the visitation on Saturday. He has lost both his parents recently, too. He gave me great words of encouragement that still ring in my ears: “Don’t let yourself feel guilty about your choices. You did the best thing possible.”
It was probably a small thing to him.
- Another neighbor cooked supper for us (again) Tuesday night. We enjoyed her baked ziti, the bonding of friendship, the Pictionary battle, and her daughter’s birthday cake.
A big thing? Not to her.
- A third neighbor prepared a basket of bread and goodies and had it hand-delivered by her daughter, who happens to be my favorite seven-year-old friend. We sat on the floor together and fished with her pipe-cleaner fishing rod for the Bible verses she had written out by hand for me.
What’s a gift or two, here and there?
It’s a lot! When I add up all my neighbors’ gifts (not to mention the cards sent by other neighbors), I’m overwhelmed at what a small neighborhood can do. No coordinating, no planning, just each giving what God put on their heart to give.
So don’t wait to give until you have that “big thing” all worked out. Send the quick e-mail; the small donation; the phone message; the hug; the one-sentence text; the plate of cookies; the blog comment; the “I love you.”
No gift is too small if given in love.
God will multiply your small gift into a big blessing.
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good,
to build him up.
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