God intends for us to share any blessings we receive, eager to pass them along to others.
Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to "Joni and Friends"!
Not long ago I was doing an interview with a disability magazine, and the interviewer commented that I was, indeed, a very unusual quadriplegic. She said, “Joni, it’s nice for you to smile and be positive, but you have a family; you have a husband and a job. Despite your pain, you are in good health. Most quadriplegics don’t have what you have. Most are in bed, or they can’t get a job, or their family is under stress. Doesn’t that make you feel, well, just a little guilty?”
I must confess, I have not been asked that question often, but I know – I just know that some people must think it, they must wonder the same. But do I feel guilty? Well, if all I did was sit around and enjoy my good health and my job and my family; if all I did was keep all those blessings to myself, I should feel guilty because I would be guilty. I’d be guilty of not passing on the blessings.
You see, that’s what Christians, that’s what God's children should do. If we have been blessed financially, if God has blessed us with good health or extra time; if God has blessed us with a big house, or certain gifts we are to use these things to encourage others. And it’s why there’s a Joni and Friends. Years ago, I started this ministry because I knew that there were other people with disabilities who lacked a support system, and good health. If God had blessed me, oh, my goodness, I wanted to make certain to pass on the blessings to them. So it’s why we do Family Retreats. It’s why we take wheelchairs and Bibles around the world. It’s why we advocate in churches on behalf of special-needs families.
I guess I take my example from Abraham. In Genesis 12, God says to him, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” You see, God did not want Abraham to keep the blessings to himself. God intended that Abraham should be just one link in a long chain of encouragements to be passed on to others. And the same is true for you! God blesses you so that you might enrich the lives of others. He comforts you so that you might pass on that comfort to others. He gives you wealth, so that you might give to others. We even suffer, not only for our benefit, but so that others may learn how to patiently endure by watching our example. So if God has blessed you in some way, don’t hoard it; don’t keep it to yourself; don’t be stingy about your blessings. Get that hot potato off your lap and give it away.
Friend, if you were encouraged by this little lesson, then I want you to visit joniandfriends.org/radio today to watch the video I did on this same insight. And please know that these are the sorts of lessons I share. Every week I post a brand-new video on Joni’s Corner, every Monday morning. I want to not only bless you, but I want you to share my videos with your Facebook friends. So, come and see me on Joni’s Corner at joniandfriends.org, and don’t forget to visit my radio page while you’re there to watch my video about passing on the blessings. And finally, one more thought: Do not be fearful about giving yourself away. Do not be afraid that if you let go of your time, treasure or your talent that you’ll have less. Remember, God says it’s more blessed to give than to receive anyway. So why not multiply the encouragements God mercifully showers on you by sharing them with others, because as a child of God, you’re meant to pass it on.
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