Deuteronomy 15:7 (ESV) “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother…”
The fundraiser was one of the things I liked doing the best on the fire department. Each year, we would grab our fire boots and head out to the nearest intersection to ask the community for donations. Maybe you've seen us out there, too. It's call "Fill the Boot!" Today's verse shares about giving to the poor. Each year, firefighters across the country, do a campaign for the needy in their particular districts. “Fill the Boot!” was created to help those in need. Knowing that we were making a difference in the lives of those who have fallen on hard times can warm your heart. Many people would give as they passed us by, but a few would yell for us to get out of the street. I usually found myself praying for those folks. Don't let your heart grow cold when it comes to giving. If you think about it, what you have is a blessing from God. We are just sharing it with others in need. Let your heart get warm by giving to the poor. One day it just might be you who will receive the blessing.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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