Now, donating items is a tricky business. Most of us bag up you way-too-faded clothing, broken tv stands and other miscellaneous items that no longer have its matching mate, and charities will graciously accept these items while angels in heaven sing because you donated something to someone in need.
Now, please don’t get me wrong. Charities DO want your donations. They need them to provide to those in need. They pass the clothing along to people who need it. But, ask yourself:
Is this item (clothing/furniture/knick knack) still usable?
Are there holes in it?
Do the main parts of it still work?
Is donating this item to someone giving my best to God?
Or, are you giving out your seconds?
Oh, how poor Cain comes barreling into my mind. Remember Cain whose offering wasn’t sufficient? Some say its because his offering was from the ground which God had cursed due to what I call “The Garden Incident.” Others, including myself, believe that it wasn’t because his offering was from the earth, but because it wasn’t the first fruits, Cain’s best, the most important part of his harvest.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” ~ Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
I am guilty of doing this. I’ve given my — and I use this word loosely — treasures to numerous charities.
But this time, I will give them as though Jesus is the recipient. I will go through each item and set aside my best for those in need. I’m doing my best, Lord. Please advise me on how to love your children the way You love us. Amen.
May God guide me on what to do with the rest of my “treasures.”
Re-think. Re-use. Re-cycle