Anonymous kindness
(The Philippine Star) - April 2, 2020 - 12:00am

When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. — Matthew 6:3

When I first graduated from college, I found myself needing to adopt a strict grocery budget — 25 dollars a week, to be exact. One day, while entering the checkout line, I suspected the groceries I’d selected cost slightly more than my remaining money. “Just stop when we reach 20 dollars,” I told the cashier, and I was able to purchase everything I’d selected but a bag of peppers.

As I was about to drive home, a man stopped by my car. “Here’s your peppers, ma’am,” he said, handing the bag to me. Before I had time to thank him, he was already walking away.

Remembering the simple goodness of this act of kindness still warms my heart and brings to mind Jesus’s words in Matthew 6. Criticizing those who made a show of giving to the needy (v. 2), Jesus taught His disciples a different way. Instead of making giving all about them and their generosity, He urged that giving should be done so secretly it’s like their left hand isn’t even aware their right is giving (v. 3)!

As one person’s anonymous kindness reminded me, giving should never be about us. We give only because of what our generous God has so lavishly given us (2 Corinthians 9:6-11). As we give quietly and generously, we reflect who He is — and God receives the thanksgiving only He deserves (v. 11). — Monica La Rose

READ: Matthew 6:1-4

Giving quietly and generously reflects God’s generosity.

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