Have your friends told you how much they gave in church or how much they helped someone at school or how much they gave to a homeless person? It's not always about money. Sometimes it's about sharing their talents or abilities. Sometimes it comes across as bragging.
Jesus likes a cheerful giver, but He doesn't want us to flaunt our generosity. He says, "Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don't sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They've got their reward? But when you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6:1-4 HCSB).
Think About It
People get hung up on success, whether it's earning money or in giving. Don't let that be your goal. I like what my author friend, Jerry Jenkins says. "The aim is not about success. It's about obedience." I've applied this not only to my work, but to my giving and helping others. Is God calling you to step out and help someone today? Ask your parents to help you. Remember it's a secret between you and God.
Pray About It
Father God, show me who you want me to help today. Help me to be generous. And when I am tempted to tell others what good thing I've done, help me to keep a secret. Amen.