God was concerned with the well-being of the priests, the foreigners, the orphans, and widows, and to meet their needs, a special tithe was offered every third year. Those who presented the offering followed the commands of the Lord and then said to God, “Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.” When we give our “first fruits” to the Lord to help those who cannot help themselves, everyone is blessed!
We can bless people in a variety of ways today because many churches have foundations in place to help the poor, the widows, and the orphans in their communities. Even a tithe of time can bless us and those we share our time with. We can teach English as a Second Language, giving a much-needed life skill to people in our country who need to learn a new language. Time is a precious gift to those in retirement homes. Can we share a little of our time with them? We can make a difference for good by reaching out to foreign students in colleges near us. The impact we could have on other countries without even getting a passport is potentially incredible! By donating to and shopping at Salvation Army, or other stores like it, we can promote good. Recently I was helping a lady “shop” at our community benevolent center. It was as if a light bulb of hope came on for her when I said, “Sure, take as many of these shirts as you need, and when you don’t need them anymore, bring them back or pass them on so then you can bless someone else.” All of us can be a part of the blessing cycle. Be creative, be generous, be a blessing!