Bible Ballistics: BBs #534 Shopping Tips For Friday???
Well, it’s Friday and a lot of people do their shopping on Friday, so I thought we’d spend this time sharing some “shopping” tips that we all can use!
“And be ye kind one to another,
forgiving one another,
even as God
for Christ’s sake
hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of trying to run errands, find bargains, tend to crying children, or trying to balance our expenses with our income, that we forget that we are encountering others who may need a kindness. It doesn’t take a lot to be kind—but it does require us to have a mind set to notice and pay attention to our surroundings.
A clerk may need a kind word—
because she just received bad news at home—
That cashier may need your smile and kind patience—
for she has just been hurt by an angry customer—
That person behind the deli-counter may need your understanding—
she didn’t notice that you should have been next—
So many people are hurting around us, and we can choose to be so consumed with our own problems, and schedules that we miss opportunities to make a difference.
“Walk in wisdom
toward them that are without,
redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be
alway with grace,
seasoned with salt,
that ye may know
how ye ought to answer
every man.” Colossians 4:5-6
We don’t have to be artificial to be kind, our words are to be “seasoned with salt” not ‘brine’! It’s so easy to be sarcastic (and this is an issue that God is still working on in my life—He is helping this ‘natural born, smart aleck’ learn to think before speaking!) rather than take a minute to think before we speak. Words can heal or they can hurt! A simple kind word or thank you to a tired clerk may change his/her day, rather than another customer who doesn’t even see them! We live in a culture of “invisible” people! But we can change that –one face at a time—one person at a time—one experience at a time.
“For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth;
the poor also,
and him that hath no helper.
13 He shall spare the poor and needy,
and shall save the souls of the needy.” Psalm 72:12-13
God cares about the ‘needy’, and so should we! And shopping is an excellent opportunity to be God’s hands and feet to “deliver the needy”. I’m not ‘rich’ as the world measures wealth, but I am (and most of you probably) blessed with more than I need. So here are just a few tips to remind us of some simple things that we can do to reach out.
Buy an extra can/pack/case of whatever is on sale—
donate it to your local food bank or shelter!
Buy whatever seasonal things are marked down—
Such as gloves, scarves, shoes—
Summer items at the end of the season—
Extra school supplies when they’re on sale—
Take them to a shelter, charity pantry, or clothes closet, or a school teacher—(teachers always have students in need)
Buy several fast-food gift cards ($1,$2,$5)—
Use them to share with the homeless— (it’s safer than money and is for food only)
These are simple things that we can all do to share what we have. There are people all around us who need a smile, or an encouraging word, or a simple meal. God expects His own to be His hands and feet to those we encounter daily. We are not to be, as they say, ‘so heavenly minded, that we are of no earthly good’. While our mind is to be set on Jesus continually, our hearts, minds, eyes and ears are also to be tuned to the needs around us, seeing what we can do. What are we doing with our“loaves and fishes”?
“What doth it profit, my brethren,
though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works?
Can (that) faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked,
and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them,
Depart in peace,
be ye warmed and filled;
notwithstanding ye give them not
those things which are needful
to the body;
what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith,
if it hath not works,
is dead, being alone.” James 2:14-17
Go! Amen and Amen!!!