Right Hand, Left Hand

I don't expect to EVER exhaust Jesus' teaching in what is sometimes called "The Sermon on the Mount".  Currently, this one verse is working on/in me:  "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."  (Matthew 6:3)

I recognize this particular truth directly applies to charitable giving.  But as I think about it, I wonder if the principle doesn't apply to some other areas of my life?  I am evaluating the "urge/temptation" in me to broadcast my thoughts (Yep!  See?  I'm doing it right now!), my "finds", my creations, my activities -- you get the picture?  

In 2012, I am looking for balance between being "The good  (wo)man (who) brings good things out of the good stored up in (her)" - see Matthew 12:35 - and disobeying the intent of Jesus in Matthew 6:3.

Just thinking "out loud on paper" here...

This post summarized Matthew 6:3 this way and was challenging to me.

  • Help the needy in secret without broadcasting it.
  • Do not tell close relatives or friends.
  • Do not tell yourself (by thinking about it). Just do it.
  • Don't expect to be repaid by those you help.
  • God will repay you; if not in this life then in the next.
     What think YE?


  1. I think this is a great post, Rebecca, especially the summarization, of matthew 6:3. especially #3. I too am challenged by this.
    Thanks for thinking out loud., and for penning your thoughts,.

  2. Rebecca:

    I'm smiling as I read this! Sometimes the "me" gets involved, but usually when I share either a good bargain or a thought or idea, it's part of what God has given me, and who I am, and I feel pretty free in sharing that for someone else out there who may be on a similar path. There is joy in the sharing! :)

  3. I love the fact that you are sharing your bargain finds, Rebecca. Keep on keepin' on....puhleeze.
    Do you watch "American Pickers"...? I love the finds those guys make.

  4. Rebecca, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and sharing your word for 2012. Love hearing what everyone else's focus will be for the year.

    I think the Lord very certainly knew our tendency to get puffed up over the good things we do when He told us not to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. He knows us well!

  5. I have never heard you share about anything in a bragging self absorbed way Rebecca. I think you are an encouragement to others that they can be thrifty and have class and style along with fun.You set a wonderful Christian example of how to live, but you also remind us you are human just like us and make mistakes.

  6. Wow, good food for thought. I think there's a difference between self-exaltation, boasting and just being happy and sharing happy life experiences. I think it's wise to really pray and ask for Holy Spirit confirmation if we should push that publish button or not. In my life, writing about my wee little nest and the things I do to "fluff" it has helped me to be grateful for my little 1400 square foot, builder's basic home. Anyway, thanks for making me think and evaluate the things I share.

  7. This is such a challenge for me. Even if I tell no one else that I gave/helped someone, I have to really resist the urge to tell my husband. Good post!

  8. I do think it is a natural response to want to shout out when we have helped someone in some way. I try to resist the urge! But really, helping others makes us feel good so it would seem natural to want to tell someone right?
    One of our tests I suppose, resisting the urge!
    Love Di ♥

  9. Once again, thanks, my friends! You keep me diggin' for truth and to BALANCE it with grace.


  10. Oh, I thrive on bloggers sharing themselves, their experiences, and their lives with me. Visiting blogs is actually a God-send to me at this time in my life.
    Love and Prayers,

  11. *Tooting our own horn* is something we do not need to practice. Being good at it comes naturally. Being quiet does not.


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