The Blessing Box

From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.

John 1:16

In my little hometown, there’s a Blessing Box. It’s an old soda cooler repurposed by a kind family and filled with non-perishable food. People take what they need and leave what they can. The box has only been active for a few months, but it looks like items are both coming and going.

Whoever came up with this idea is an angel! A barrier to giving and receiving has been broken down, because those using the box can remain relatively anonymous–its, quite simply, take it and/or leave it.

A friend from South Korea once remarked that people in the West find it easier to show kindness than to receive it. Do you agree?

Frankly, I see her point, it’s harder for me to receive than to give. However, the early Christians in the book of Acts were comfortable with both.

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone who had need.

Act 2:44-45

The passage above doesn’t mention in detail how the receivers responded to the gifts, but it appears both give AND take were welcomed.

Interdependent generosity still exists among Christians today.

My brother and sister-in-law live on eleven acres at the edge of a local city. Full Quiver Farms (they have seven children) is always abuzz with back and forth blessings.

The Boy Scouts need a place to store a massive trailer filled with canoes? Not a problem. “Park it in the back,” says my older brother. A friend’s mom was flooded out by a hurricane for the second time? “She can stay with us as long as she likes,” says my sister-in-law.

But the gate also swings the other way. When my brother’s family needs something (maybe a pickup truck and trailer) they reach out to their ‘blessing buddies’ and borrow it. Back and forth it goes, and it’s been happening for years!

Christians can be Blessing Boxes with skin on!



Take what you need. Leave what you can. But, above all, be blessed.

By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (MSG)

https://davidsdailydose.org/2020/07/11/the-blessing-box/


Posted

in

,

by

Comments

37 responses to “The Blessing Box”

  1. WordwithMindy Avatar

    Yes, the Blessing Box is a wonderful idea. I haven’t seen any around here. I hope they catch on. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Mindy. The Blessing Box is a pretty cool idea. There’s another one in a town nearby! Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. WordwithMindy Avatar

    Yes, I love this! I think we all can use a reminder to let others bless us with help when we need it. We need the experience of accepting help in order to humbly give it to others. Thanks for your inspiring words here. Blessings to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The Blessing Box is located outside our local police station.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. DeborahMarie Avatar
    DeborahMarie

    That’s a great idea. I’m curious, where is the box located?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Saania. Now, please post a deep philosophical question so I can think about something else.😀

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Vivian Avatar

    I understand, yes I do. 🙋‍♀️👍🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Vivian. I like to think I’m too blessed to be stressed, but these days it’s harder. Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Vivian Avatar

    Oh I love this. Be blessed back!!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hadn’t thought about the comparison, but the Blessing Box IS like a little library.
    Thank you for reading and commenting.
    Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. in Avatar

    reminds me of The Little Library, in which folks can borrow and place inside books. Such a great idea to do this. I would certainly use this!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    AMEN. And you don’t even have to know the person who did it. The blessing come from God.

    Like

  13. pastorpete51 Avatar

    What a great community that forms when the giving and receiving are personal.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting. I will check out your post! Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    I love your line, “Christians can be Blessing Boxes with skin on!” I shared an experience with almost the same theme in my last post. I presented it from a different perspective. (Might want to check it out.) I agree many of us have a hard time receiving. It makes me wonder… are we too prideful? One must be gracious, humble, and grateful to receive well.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. benjbensing Avatar

    Awesome! Very inspiring.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Precious One Avatar

    You’re too funny, David. ABBA’s Blessings always.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Deandra. You make the story sound more interesting than I did! It’s the writer in you, no doubt. 😍 God Bless.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Precious One Avatar

    What a wonderful reminder that we are blessing boxes with skin on! I once found it hard to receive the generosity of others but was always willing to lavish. The Lord reminded me that I need a balance and taught me that it was my pride keeping me from receiving – what a lesson. As believers, we must share (give and receive). When we act as though we have it made, not only do we walk in arrogance, but we also prevent those around from being blessed by giving. I love that your extended family do both – a true example of walking in Christ’s love.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hear you. It’s a lot a plates to keep spinning! Thanks for sharing about your journey in such a honest way–on your blog and in your comments. Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Island Traveler Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this post. People easily forget God when overwhelmed with fear or clouded by the world’s materialism, greed or hate. People need so much healing today, including me. Just too many things going at the same time & so easy to slip and loose our way.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Vince!

    Like

  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Like

  24. Doris Lambert Avatar
    Doris Lambert

    My inbox was a blessing box today! Thank you David!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. You are correct. There are different seasons on our lives, and sometimes we must be alone. Thankfully, God promises to walk with us as long as we walk with Him. Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It is a neat idea. My wife and I have left a few items there for others. It’s a great feeling knowing you don’t have to hurt someone’s pride—you can just give. Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The Blessing Box is pretty 😎 cool. There’s another one in a town nearby. That’s for commenting. Blessings to you as well, Maria.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, G. W. God Bless.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. G.W. Avatar

    A most excellent point and post. Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  30. Carey Cambron Avatar
    Carey Cambron

    Nice, very nice.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Ladysag77 Avatar

    How wonderful is this!! Every place, in every community should have something like this. I have always gotten such strength and reassurance from the Book of Ecclesiastes, thank you for including that last passage. Blessings to you my friend 🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Perth Girl Avatar

    I love that blessing box idea. Having the advantage of staying anonymous while receiving is really good. Christians can indeed be blessing boxes too. I too find it easier to give than to receive.
    Thanks for sharing this David.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. cctechm777 Avatar

    All very true, and yet there are times when the Lord causes us to be alone, some are not called to marriage, some are alone due to false brethren…….and Apostasy.
    It was very uplifting…….

    Liked by 1 person

%d bloggers like this: