“Blessed to be a Blessing”… The motto of Evergreen SGV
In Summer of 2011, I had the privilege to hear Pastor Cory speak at a retreat, where he spent a fair amount of time plugging that phrase in. Since then, I’ve learned that that phrase holds a lot of value to me. At least, I try to consciously apply it anyway.
So, I’m the type of person who is very frugal with himself, such that I can spend my expendable income elsewhere, specifically to bless others. I know a lot of Asian parents do this for their kids; I guess I really am an old soul. I actually budget out my money that way. Since I was in college, I’ve always wanted to sneakily pay for everyone’s bill at a meal. Not necessarily just that, but you get the idea. Granted, I don’t make that much money, I still try to make the most of it.
I know what some of you are thinking: “Then why do you always complain about paying for your sister’s lunch!?”
If a high school budgeted a certain amount to provide pencils for all the teachers, and one teacher is constantly asking for 3 times as many as the other teachers without much cause, it’s a little frustrating. I’d like to be able to treat others too..
Anyway, all this is more apparent for those that I support on the mission’s field. I am currently supporting 3 friends on a monthly basis. If you have some time, check out what they do:
I know it probably came off the wrong way when I first started working. I was really excited to throw my money around. I really do feel blessed to help out others, and not just financially either. If it’s not obvious already, acts of services is my love language.