Privileged vs. Blessed

Acts 20:35 — In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (NIV).

I learned some very valuable lessons while in Uganda, as Heidi and I worshiped with the beautiful people of that nation. I feel this is one of the most valuable.

The difference between being blessed and being privileged is this: Being privileged has to do with your opportunity; being blessed has to do with your offering.

The people of Africa taught me I am not blessed because of what I have; I am privileged to be an American. Uganda does not have as many opportunities as we have here in the States, but I met so many blessed people there. They did not cease to give of themselves, and they worked and served with excellence and humility.

I believe the key to a blessed life is to give big, not to get big. Make the most of the daily opportunities you are presented with to pour yourself into someone else. Whether it’s from a place of affluence or one of great need, it truly is more blessed to give than to receive.

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