Faith Column: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'

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The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center recently relocated to 25 W. Victory Way, and the whole process has been quite the educational experience for me.

I was blessed with a number of volunteers who helped out in so many different aspects. There were the painters, the packers, the decorators, the movers, the unpackers, the handymen, the man who put up doors, the financial backers and those who helped keep me marginally sane as we figured out how things would take shape and function.

As the process unfolded before me — I can’t really say that I had any modicum of control — I found myself surprised again and again with what people did for us, and it exemplified what being a part of the body of Christ can look like.

Hebrews 13:16 said, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.”

The volunteers gave their time and skills, and the supporters shared their resources and knowledge to help create a new look and a new opportunity for the center. This is not something any of them did for show or for any personal gain. They heard of a need and stepped forward to help.

This type of sacrifice — of our time, our resources and our talents — isn’t just for serving nonprofits or the church. We also can take care of one another.

In Philippians 2:4, Paul wrote, “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Pitching in, being there and sometimes simply listening to one another can be so vitally important. Coming alongside each other in times of need or difficulty helps keep us functioning as a family of believers. By helping those who need a hand, we create an environment which then can assist others or even ourselves if something happens in our lives.

Acts 20:35 tells us this, “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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