By: G.J. Fortier

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV)

Are you a thief? No? Okay, but … are you sure?

I’m not here to judge, but don’t think for a second that if I saw you snag a Snickers bar at the convenience store, or I knew for a fact that you were cheating on your taxes, that I wouldn’t say something to you about it! Now, I’m not a snitch, and I’m not going to “anonymously” tattle on you to anyone about your transgressions. Let’s be real, I don’t have to anyway, because the God of the universe(s) knows everything you do anyway, right? But that’s not the kind of thief I’m asking if you are. I’m asking if you’re robbing others of their blessings. Are you the kind of person who doesn’t ask for help? Or worse, will you tell someone who offers to help you “no” because you’re too proud to admit that it would go much easier and smoother for you if you accepted? Maybe you think that when life gives you lemons, it’s your responsibility to suck-it-up and eat them, rind and all, no matter how bad it tastes because you deserve to be punished for … whatever it is that you did at the convenience store when you were 12.

But like I said, we’re not talking about that.