To give a loving service,
that's what I've read;
these days to some--
that's a dread.
is the way most get by;
but in my heart I know that's a lie.
Jesus said, to give as a friend,
to a friend,
for a friend;
Do I expect something back?
Maybe something that I lack.
Thinking like that seems right to some;
not for me no,
I'm not the one.
What if that person has no way to honor
the help that I gave?
Do I demand payment
and make them a slave?
Then I'd be like the loan shark;
my true intentions would be in the dark.
Rethinking the way I should give;
is to know how Jesus showed me how to live.
Going through life one day at a time;
keeping that one thing on mind.
Gift-giving is not inherently in our souls;
however, it's more precious than gold.
Some people would say when asked,
what? the nerve;
never knowing that blessings come
when we learn how to serve.
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