Express gratitude for what God has given by giving. Be a partner in His work and expect a very large return on your generosity in the form of smiles from others and smiles from God.
In today’s reading of Nehemiah 10, I can’t help but to observe how Nehemiah the governor, the priests, and the people joined together as brothers and sisters to make an oath to follow the law of God. For the things of God, rich and poor, high and low seem to agree. The lesson for me is to work together as neighbors united with goodness and charity to cheerfully perform our duty to God. This is the surest way to ease and liberty.
We are responsible for our behavior toward God and toward each other. Sure there may be people and circumstances around us that help shape that behavior but it is the individual that plans, organizes, directs, and ultimately controls his or her life. What seems to get in the way is man’s desire to develop their own systems which have a tendency to strip liberty from the individual. Here is a link to a post I read from another blogger who wrote about what he calls God’s economy: Wayfarer.
This day with God, let us be led to the cross. Let us be led out of love and doing what’s right. Let us give a smile and act kind toward our brothers and sisters; in return receiving a smile or an act of kindness from them.