When the hard times come...

Posted by Elaine September 06, 2010 at 12:00 AM AEST

This week as I watched on TV a multimillionaire give donations to people in need after spending a week with them, the message that came loud and clear was that when we have to deal with hardship and we learn from it, it moulds us into someone significant.

This man who’d been blessed to live with abundance all his life was used to being able to go anywhere, buy anything and he showed off his lifestyle, a lifestyle of self indulgence. But he was about to have his eyes opened.

For those he visited, hardship and lack had taught them determination to make life easier for someone else – that was their passion. They were already rich beyond measure.

And as receiving their generous cheque brought tears they didn’t see what they could buy themselves, their only thought was for the others that this money would allow them to help, their acts of sacrificial love continuing to make the life of someone else easier.

And the multi-millionaire who’d come to bless them gained insight that overwhelmed him.

That’s the love God wants us to show. That’s His passion!

Don’t despise hard times, we can learn from them. They teach us what’s really important is to look beyond ourselves and to love others as He first loved us.

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“Go to God and present your case to him. For he does great works too marvelous to understand. He performs miracles without number. He gives rain for the earth. He sends water for the fields. He gives prosperity to the poor & humble and he takes sufferers to safety. Job 5:8-11 NLT

He said, “I tell you that this poor widow put in more than all the others. For the others offered their gifts from what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, gave all she had to live on.” Luke 21:3-4 GNT

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