Today, I had the humbling experience of feeding those who are less fortunate. I have fed the homeless before, and knew what to expect. I initially got into community service with my best friend. She decided on thanksgiving morning, they’d go and feed the homeless. I went with them. Now I expected to be at a church or soup kitchen handing out food. No, we parked on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Park/Plaza, outside of the shelter. I was excited, but nervous at the same time. Of course I had small ion questions in my head? Was it safe? Would they take it? How would they react? Would anyone come? All of my questions were answered. Yes. Most did, some didn’t, and that’s OK. Yes. Thankful & joyful. We ran out of food it was so many. I was so emotional that after seeing someone our age, I knew that I couldn’t stop here. I had to fight on.
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;”
That was my freshman year of high school. Not a day went by that I didn’t think about that day.
I learned about Meetup through a friend. This app pairs you to happenings around your area based off of your particular interests. From there you’ll meet people who share those same interests! It was here that I discovered, #HashtagLunchbag. I was invited to the event, and I was able to share it on Facebook to get the word out. It’s funny that I mention that as their mission statement reads:
#HashtagLunchbag is a humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving through the use of social media. We create and use bagged lunches, complete with love messages, as a vessel to spread this love and share our experiences to inspire others.
Saturday’s events reminded me to always remember to give back, as I was once in this situation myself. The word reads,
“Generous hands are blessed hands because they give bread to the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9 MSG
When you give generously, God will bless you. It is a reminder of his promises. Generously does not mean you have it to give either. He is especially pleased when we give in times when we can’t spare. But it’s not about if you can give, but willingly, can you?
I challenge you to give not when you have it to give, but when you don’t. Put your faith into works and watch God bless you. Know that God will give it back to you. But if you’re holding on to something that you are sparing for a rainy day, watch God replace that with more than it was worth. You gotta believe that.
As a result, I was able to reconnect with friends. Even though we converse from via social media, I was glad to see her face-to-face and actually forgot how much we need that as humans. Tanesha Renae just happens to be a fellow blogger, who spreads empowerment if you need it! Show her some love.