Lost & Found

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On the heals of my last blog discussing virtues and values, I had a great sharing opportunity.

A lady I know found a dime and asked me if it was mine. I told her no but I did have a charity box I could put it in. I then went on to tell her that a Jewish friend of mine shared with me a lesson on lost and found.

He taught me that the Creator does not bless us from someone else’s loss. He said when we find money that has been lost and we do not know who the owner is, then we are to give it to charity and not keep it for ourselves.

So, we have a charity box that we put money in that we may find, whether it is just a coin or cash. When the box is full we write a check to one of the charities we support and deposit it.

The lady told me that she has a jar that she puts coins in to give her grand children. We from time to time have charity to our children when needed. Charity begins at home and works outward I told her.

Opportunities like this gives us the chance to not only do a good deed but to share with others who may have not known or heard of such an act.

It is these little acts that we help that changes the world.

In a book I just read about doing good deeds, the author questioned what is known as the butterfly effect and how the area of doing good deeds ripples throughout the world.

Just maybe the Creator knows how far a single good deed goes, it may effect generations to come.

The old saying, “finders keepers” really speaks of a selfish attitude and speaks volumes about our character and virtues.

The point of the proverb below should cause us to take another look at how we act with each other.

Proverbs 11:25
The beneficent soul shall be made rich, and he that satisfieth abundantly shall be satisfied also himself. http://www.mechon-mamre.org

When I look at the Hebrew of the verse, “beneficent soul” is translated from the Hebrew words, “nefesh brocha” which literally means ‘a blessed soul’.

In my learning, I learned that “brocha/blessed” comes from a word that means ‘source’ – teaching us that the Creator is our source of everything.

When we internalize this then we will know that the Creator blesses our souls by giving us the opportunity to help other out. When we find things like money, we can keep it our selves or give it away to those in much more need. When we do the good and right deed, it will come back to us in more abundant ways. If we really pay attention to what the verse says, the giver becomes a receiver.

The first part of the verse sets up the second half. If some one thinks that they will give so they can receive, that thought shows that they were not a blessed soul to begin with. A blessed soul knows who their source is and shares that source with others without ulterior motives.

As we study the code of morality found within the Hebrew Scriptures we will discover a lot of little things in life that gives us the opportunity to do good deeds; like finding that coin on the street and passing it on to charity instead of keeping it.

the Creator does not bless us from someone else’s loss

Terry W. Hayes
4/2018

Photo Credit:
Photo by Mathieu Turle on Unsplash

“That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  William Wordworth (1770 – 1894) The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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