Good morning! Ok so the challenge of the day is about being selfless. Most of us live in a culture that encourages selfishness on a daily bass. It's all about what we want, what we think, and how we feel. Even our community service is self focused. We only participate when it's convenient or when someone's looking. This selfishness is also invading our spiritual lives. We tithe only when we need a breakthrough and we pray when we need a blessing. Sadly, selfishness is becoming so common that many of us aren't even aware of it anymore. So today I want us to actively combat this selfish nature. Do something nice for someone else and take yourself out of the equation as much as possible. Don't look for acknowledgement for the deed, don't expect a thank you, and do not judge the person receiving the kindness.
We have to learn that this world is much bigger than the small space we occupy. True joy comes from blessing others the way Christ blessed you.
If you are really looking for a challenge try doing something nice that might actually be an inconvenience for yourself.
1. Buy groceries for someone else
2. Carry someone's groceries to the car
3. Offer someone a ride
4. Fill up someone's gas tank
5. Hold the door open for a group
6. Let someone ahead of you in line
7. Give your lunch to a homeless person
8. Play with a child
9. Compliment a stranger
10. Check on a distant relative
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:2-4 (NIV)