Rounding Up

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

The other night I was helping Chase do long division and I had to keep explaining the process of rounding up or rounding down to him. We would divide out the number down to the hundredths and then I’d tell him to round it up or down, depending on the number. He didn’t understand the concept so well, I had to explain it to him a couple of times.

Our pastor is preaching a series entited, Blessed. Today he was talking about being a blessing and he got on the subject of rounding up or rounding down. That we, as Christians, need to practice rounding up.

I remember when I worked in the restaurant business, I used to always hate to work Sunday brunch, because that is when the church people would fill the dining room. And they wouldn’t always be nice, and they didn’t tip very well. I am being honest with you. I wasn’t a believer at the time, I’m not singling out any specific group of Christians, but in general, as a rule, Sundays were the worst time to work.

And my pastor confirmed that statement. He was sharing how his son is now waiting tables and experiencing the same thing. But that should not be the rule. We, as followers of Christ, should go out of our way to always round up … in tipping and in life.

In Matthew, Chapters 5,6, and 7, Jesus gives us a teaching called The Sermon On The Mount. I’m not going to put it all out here for you, you can read it for yourself, but the message He gave is all about rounding up – giving more to someone than they deserve.

Jesus gave us so much more than we deserve. If we truly are His disciples, shouldn’t we follow His example?

Father, this isn’t always an easy lesson to hear. Sometimes I get complacent, or I justify my actions with reasons of why I can’t help someone, but Lord I know that is not of you. Please help me Jesus to learn the habit of rounding up, in all aspects of my relationships with others. Help me to give more than expected, cheerfully and willingly.

I love You Jesus.
 In Your Name Pray,
  Amen

God Bless You!

Love,
Joyce

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My Recipe for Staying Anchored in the Storms of Life
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