You do not need to be a billionaire to be purposeful

Regardless of the size of your bank account, you always have something to give.

When it comes to generosity, we tend to focus our mind solely on money.

People in need are not always looking for money...some are simply looking for comfort, hope, advice, a smile, a hug...

You might be  one of those people who want to live a purposeful life this year and you might be thinking that money would be the key to do everything....but that is not true.

Money is not the only thing you can give to people coming to you for help.

I have seen many individuals running away from needy people simply because they were clinging to the little amount of cash they had in their accounts.

Do you know that feeling when you have just a little amount of money for yourself and you get scared to respond to somebody else need?

The only way to be purposeful is by giving. You can not be purposeful by being self-centered on your self-preservation.

There are people who are too afraid to help, even when it does not cost them any money, simply because they believe that they might lose on their lives self-preservation...

If you are reading this post, it is because on New Year s day, you asked God to turn your life into a meaningful,useful and purposeful life.

The key to having a meaningful life is in giving.

And giving does not only mean giving money, it also means giving anything else such as an advice, a prayer, a hug, an encouragement, a car lift, some sort of help...

Many gifts won't cost money and in many cases , you will not need money to be helpful.

The more you run away from answering to other people s needs, the more useless your life will be.

One day the apostle Peter and John went up into a temple and this is what the Bible records;

"One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.  Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.  When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.  When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."

                                                                                                                   (Acts 3:1-6)

What a beautiful example showing us that even when we do not have enough money, we can always help people.

Even better, the story mentionned above shows us that we always have something to offer when an external need presents itself to us.

The beggar asked them for money but instead he got healed with the potential to be employable and productive, what a gift, a moneyless free gift!

Peter gave him what he had...

Simply because you do not have enough in your bank account, itdoes not mean that you can not help anyone.

The beggar wanted money, but he got more than a handout.

In life, you will be faced with people asking you for things you do not necessarily have, BUT whatever gift (a smile, a blanket, a hug, an advice, a prayer, an information, a phone call, an encouragement..) you will produce, might constitute a bigger answer than what they expected.

There are needs everywhere: in politics, in the economy, in your own familly, in your community, in your church, on the internet, in shopping malls, in the streets...and we, as the church, are supposed to be God s response to those needs. And in many cases it will not cost you money to be helpful.

If we get to understand that truth, we will stop running away from people when they sink in needs. We will be God s response to the questions of this world, we will become the vessels of Jesus Christ for this generation.

You do not have to be billionaire to be helpful...

You always have something in you to help others better their lives.

Be purposeful this year.  Jesus is coming soon.