I’ve just finished the book I’ve been reading since this morning. I’ve closed it with such a delightful spirit! I was especially touched by the chapter about sowing seeds of giving. It made me reflect on something I should be acting upon immediately: I have to be more generous; I have to give more.
I am not giving enough, I shamefully admit. I give, but I feel that I could more.
I have a lot to learn from my own mom about giving. She is one generous soul. When a relative or a neighbor knocks at our door, she’d openly give even the last money in her pocket. And when she gives, she forgets. She’s been blessing my family as well. Enormously. Lovingly. And just as Christ promised, my mom never runs out of something to give.
My mom would always remind me this: Give with a willing and happy heart.
I’ve heard someone say, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life with what you give.” Beautiful, isn’t it? My favorite verse in the light of blessing others is found in 2 Corinthians 9:11. It says,
“You will be enriched in every way so you can be generous on every occasion, and through your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” When we give, we give back our blessings to God to glorify Him.
Alongside, giving ignites the sowing and reaping principle- you reap what you sow. When you give generously, you receive generously. But let us not forget that when we give, we should not expect anything in return; more so shouldn’t tell it to earn people’s praise. (But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Matthew 6:3) May we be the cheerful kind of giver as 2 Corinthians 9:7 reminds us,
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Join me for a reflection this sweet morning. Ask yourself this: Am I giving enough? Am I the kind of giver that God wants me to be?
Dear Lord, help me give my talent, time, and treasure to others… generously, cheerfully, and joyfully in your honor. Bless me and my heart so I can be the answer to someone’s prayer. Bless me, oh Lord, so I can be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen!