Blessed Are The Poor

I’ve always enjoyed reading stories of people who go the extra mile to help someone in need. The United States is one of the most generous countries in the world according to a Gallup Poll report that came out last year.

We never had a lot of money when I was growing up, my mom committed to tithing to the church every Sunday and encouraged me to 10 percent of my two dollar allowance as well. At Christmastime she would give me a dollar or two and tell me to put it the Salvation Army red bucket. When I had my own money I would put a dollar or two in the bucket at least once.

I’ve learned that when you don’t have money to give someone in need, the best thing you can give them is yourself.

Coming alongside someone who might be struggling and just letting them know that you love them and that you’re there if they need to talk can make a huge difference!

The times in my life that I was depressed about my finances, health or just life it was a blessing knowing that I had people that were willing to walk with me through it.

The bible is rife with verses about generosity. You can check out a few of them here.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. - Isaiah 1:17

Shaq Buys Shoes For Struggling Teen

O’Neal has never forgotten that act of kindness from his childhood; so as a means of paying it forward, he invited Zach and his mother to Friedman’s Shoes and bought the teenager 10 new pairs of different shoes.

Source: Good News Network

An Unexpected Love For The Cello Lifts Student Out Of Poverty

He said the cello means "everything" to him "because it's kind of gotten me everything that I have now. And it got me into school and I never saw myself in college."

Source: CBS News

Kindness Of Strangers Enables Woman To Pursue A NASA Internship.

The stipend she got from NASA was not enough to cover expenses, she said. So, the money from the GoFundMe campaign will cover the cost of travel, 10 weeks of lodging and $300 for a summer membership at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston for her daughter and $100 a week for food and gas.

Source: New York Times

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-Jordan Blackwood