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Be careful not to perform your righteous acts before men 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 sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be praised by men.  Truly I tell you, they already have their reward.  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.  And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

You are a highly favoured child of the most high God!  You are incredibly blessed, and the purpose of this is so that you can bless other people with your wonderful individual gifts.

You are working under God not people, so everything that you do is seen by the Lord.  Therefore your reward comes from the Lord and not people.  Almighty God is the source of all good things.  So if you are an employee, or an employer, or living off Government benefits, Almighty God is your source, not some organisation.

Do not seek praise from people, because ultimately there praise is irrelevant.  Almighty God is the one that matters most.  Praise from people lasts only for a short time, whereas praise from the Lord lasts forever.

We all need to get in to a 'forever' mindset, because we are only here on this earth for a short time.  Therefore, if we live our lives according to God's laws, then there will be a forever.  We need to think in terms of eternity and not just this life here on earth.

When we think in terms of eternity, our whole perspective changes.  Things that would have troubled us before, will not trouble us now.  What seemed important before, will not hold the same level of importance with this new perspective.

So remember to think at a higher level than of yourself.  You know there is a bigger picture.  So when you do good, don't do it because other people are watching, or even because you know God is watching.  Do it, because it is in your heart to do it.


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