Yesterday's final act for the Happy Day project was to donate a Blessing Bag to a homeless person. I hate to do it, but yet again, I adapted this for me personally. Since the idea was to bless someone less fortunate with needed supplies, I'm donating food again, but this time in a different way.
Our church participates with a ministry we call Canning Hunger, which provides non-perishable food items to our local food bank. We usually donate to them several times throughout the year, and this is what I'm counting for the final day's project.
Many of you may know this, but for those of you that don't, I grew up pretty poor. Ghetto poor. Inner city poor. Almost evicted and evicted often poor. Often hungry poor. I don't say this for pity or sympathy, I say this to encourage you. People in your community are hurting. They need Jesus if they don't already have Him. You may give one can of green beans to a local food bank and never realize what a blessing it is. If you don't already serve or donate food or gifts or time or money to some organization that helps the less fortunate in your community, please consider doing this. Often. It is so easy to see how blessed we are and to give like we've been doing this week.
There's always a way to help someone else. If you don't have the money, give your time. If you don't have the time, give items or money. If you don't have either, please PRAY for these people. Many of them are actually working hard to not stay in the system, to better themselves and their families, to break the cycle of dysfunction and poverty. Not everyone is being lazy, or taking drugs, or who knows what else. Jesus is powerful. Jesus can heal these situations. You can be Jesus to someone.