{James 2:15-16; NLT}

Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good- bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

God pours his blessings out upon us, but the blessing is not to end with itself. Remember these words: “Freely ye have received, freely give.” Seek to be blessed of God, that you may pass the blessing on to others. Leave some footprints here upon the sands of time, so that in after-years they may guide some one to a noble deed and better way. When you reach the end of life, you can experience no greater consolation than to know you have done what you could. Improve the moments of time while you have them. They are passing swiftly. They will not wait for you. Some people are going to do, but behold, the opportunity passes before they are ready.

Opportunities do not wait. Do good while you may. You are going to give the flower tomorrow, but tomorrow the flower may have faded. You intended to speak a kind word yesterday, but thought you would defer until another day. But the strain was so great the life went out, and your kind word came too late. Today is the day to save the lost. may be too late. How sad that a soul through all eternity will be crying out, “You were going to help me, but you came too late.”

C. E. Orr. How to Live a Holy Life (pp. 42-43). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.

Questions to consider:

  • Why does God pour out blessings on our lives?
  • What impact should this have on the way we use our money, possessions, and time?
  • When is the right time to do good?
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