Sometimes we can go through a whole day missing any chances to be generous. Today is all about noticing people and noticing their needs.
The busyness of life, and a society that champions an inward focus, can mean that we stop seeing the needs around us. It is easy for us to focus on ourselves – our own worries and concerns – but God calls us to not be anxious about anything and, instead, to look to Him (Philippians 4:6–7). Showing God’s love to others, even through what you perceive to be ‘a small act’, can have a large impact. But we have to be aware enough to spot those opportunities. 'I am sitting on a bus in the Philippines and this young boy walks on and passes cards asking for us to be able to give him ant spare change for food. My friends and I are looking at each other wondering what we should do, knowing most cases the money may not be for the child but whoever sent the child. We start scrambling in our pockets to look for change. We have none. A woman in front of me reaches in her bag and gives the boy a sandwich. Instantly I remember a slice of pizza I had packed to take-home with me. I take it out and give it to the young boy.' It struck me later that this woman had an immediate urge to give. It made me wonder how many times I’d seen someone I could help or thought of something I could do or give, and then let the moment go.
Do your best not to let these moments go. Embrace them and take that leap of faith. In giving to others, you are bestowing thanks on God (2 Corinthians 9:12). So whether it be during your commute, at work, out at the shops: pay attention. Find those small ways to show a little of God’s love today.