It's No Lie That When You Do A Good Deed, You Get Something In Return

It's No Lie That When You Do A Good Deed, You Get Something In Return

"Usually, I just ignore all of the homeless people and go on with my day just like everyone else."
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In Lubbock, there are so many homeless people around. Outside of grocery stores, malls, thrift shops, you name it. They’re almost everywhere and you cannot miss them.

While walking into the nearest Walmart from campus, I saw an older man sitting next to the entrance with his head in his lap. He looked exhausted and I ignored him just like everyone around me was. I could not stop thinking about him sitting out there all alone, for some reason the fact that he was alone was irking my mind.

It was hard to shop without the thought of him running through my head. Something told me that he needed something to make him laugh. Keep in mind, I did not know this man at all, and these thoughts just kept coming to me. I ditched my grocery list and decided to buy this man some items that will make his day better.

I went to the snack aisle and went to town. I grabbed my favorite snacks that unfortunately I cannot eat anymore because of my chronic illness. I picked up Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Pringles, Cheetos, Ritz crackers with cheese, and Goldfish. I also got him a couple of water bottles and a funny card.

Then I made my way to the other side of the store to find a box for all of the goodies. After I paid for everything, I went outside, tapped him on the shoulder, and gave him this box.

Before I explain what he said to me and what happened after that, let me just say that I am not one to do something like this. Usually, I just ignore all of the homeless people and go on with my day just like everyone else. But that day, seeing this man resting all by himself bothered me. I felt very bad for him all of a sudden and it was God Himself who was telling me to help him.

The man looked up at me and when I looked into his eyes, I wanted to cry. I saw nothing but sadness and loneliness in them and it was almost as if I was looking into a piece of glass. As weird as it sounds, I could see right through his soul.

I gathered myself and told him that I got this for him and that I hope he has a great day. That is when I saw the life in him. His face lit up and his eyes came to life, he was truly happy! He got on his knees, thanked me and gave the usual “God Bless You!”

I walked away from him with a smile on my face and instantly felt relieved. I have done a good deed and I got something in return, the instant feeling of accomplishment and happiness.

I hope this encourages you to go out and do something nice for someone else. A random act of kindness is something that is so easy to do and is so worth it!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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