Matthew 6:2-4 (NIV)
2 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. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
*When we do things, we need to examine the motive behind it: Are you doing it to be seen, be different, to get things, because you feel like you should? OR, are you doing things according to God's will, in order to be obedient, and because you love Him? In today's society, we announce every little thing we do, experience, or feel on social media. People have their own fictitious world created to pretend, show off, or gain attention from others. Yet, none of it may be who you truly are or what is actually happening in your life. Some are even in competition with each other, which is unnecessary and adding strain to yourself. At the end of the day, God knows why you do things and who it is for...So, are you going to be real with Him and revamp your ways for His pleasure? OR, do you plan to keep putting up a front? It's one thing to try and fall short, but it's another to show out and not have an interest in practicing what you preach. Be bold for God, but bc it is for Him...not for the attention of others.