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Man spends $4,600 to pay off past-due utility bills

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God blesses us in many ways, including financially.

Business owners who use their profits to further God’s kingdom are often given even more financial seed to sow.

Jesus himself said that in Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

In Luke 12:47, Jesus further explains, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Michael Esmond, who runs a business installing pools and spas in Florida, knew he was a blessed man. His business had prospered, but he did not forget where he had been along that journey. Thirty years ago, he was on the brink of poverty himself.

So, when he got his current utility bill this week and saw the payment was due on Dec. 26, he knew what he needed to do.

Michael contacted the local utility and learned 36 of his neighbors were at risk of having their utilities disconnected this month. Then, he forked over $4,600 to pay off their past due bills to ensure the lights and heat remained on.

I call people like Michael #ImpactChristians because they truly impact the lives of others.

Christmas is a stressful time for many families struggling to make ends meet. I know because I have been there several times.

Just a smidgen of breathing room can become a seed of hope that not only assures people God has not abandoned them, but that they will get through the current struggle and emerge victorious.

Where there is no provision, there is no vision. It is hard to even imagine a better life when you wonder how to pay the utility bill.

What makes Michael’s gift more special is that he won’t even get a tax deduction. Yet, he likely knows that somehow, some way, some day, God will pay him back — with interest.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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