• Chris Steele

Looking Forward to Payday

Be Strong, Be Well — Friday, April 10

In my early years, when I was working in a warehouse filling orders for print paper and envelopes, Friday was payday. Now my job has changed. I am grateful to be able to do work I enjoy. Payday is now on Sunday, and I still appreciate being able to receive a regular paycheck. No doubt most of you do too, even if you are retired and drawing Social Security and/or a pension.

No matter when payday is (every Friday or some other day of the week, every two weeks, or once a month on the first, third or fifteenth), most folks need and look forward to payday.

Now with the grim situation we’re in because of this virus, so many have nothing to expect at the end of the week. Their hours have been cut, or they’ve been laid off, or terminated and now they’re trying to draw unemployment. Even with the stimulus checks coming from the government, folks are hurting during the interim.

The rest of us need to count our blessings. Thank God we still have an income. We can buy “essentials” and pay our bills. How truly thankful we ought to be.

Even though most of us would not consider ourselves to be rich, but when we have more than others, we are rich compared to them.

Look closely and consider 1 Timothy 6:17-19, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.”

Take some time to read the following scriptures about sharing what we have and giving to those in need (Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11; Galatians 2:10, 6:10; Luke 6:38; 1 John 3:17, 18; Luke 3:11).

With that said, if there is anyone in the congregation or someone you know that needs help with food or other essentials, please let us know. Christians need to be on the front lines of benevolence with acts of kindness and love.

In Paul’s words, “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (Acts 20:35). —Chris

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