Recognizing Our Riches

I am a sucker for a show whose premise has anything to do with doing something kind for someone else so I watched "Secret Millionaires" with great interest on Sunday.  The hour highlights one millionaire who has put their identity and net worth aside and who travels to a needy city. People are told they are doing a documentary on volunteerism in order to explain all the cameras and microphones.  The secret millionaire serves alongside others in a variety of volunteer opportunities. At the end of the hour, the viewer gets to see what 'gifts' they give to the various organizations that they volunteered for. On Sunday, the millionaire gave gifts ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 to great causes that were only known of locally before that.

I have thought a lot about the show since Sunday.  One of the things that made the gifting all the more meaningful and powerful, is that the person had been willing to serve alongside others and genuinely cared about the people and mission of each particular outreach.  Each recipient was overwhelmed and thrilled with the gift, offering endless thanks and expressing a new hope of what more they could now do with the extra money.  I have to wonder, however, if the response would have been the same had that millionaire just come in wearing a three piece suit and heels and held out a check.

As in so many cases of endeavoring to bless one another, the blessing ultimately comes from the basis of relationship. Whether financial, emotional or spiritual, when we share what we have with those around us who are in need it is received most enthusiastically when it stems from a relationship. We may not have millions, but we do have hundreds of potential words of encouragment or countless spiritual riches that we can share.  That makes all of us potential 'secret millionaires.'

This week, I encourage you to look for ways to build relationships. While you're at it, keep your eyes and ears open for ideas of what else you can give that may meet a need or a dream. {So many times, it is much less than we would have imagined!} When all is said and done it may be difficult to see who was blessed more… you or the recipient!

Recognizing My Riches With You,

 DebbieSignature 

About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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