Posts Tagged ‘giving’

  

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭17‬ NKJV)

Dusty Bernier and Brian Huddleston grew up as close friends. They attended the same church, hung out together, even married sisters! Now in their early 30’s, their relationship has spanned many years. But then Dustin’s kidneys began to shut down, threatening his very life.

When no matches could be found, Brian, on a whim, decided to see if he was compatible. And sure enough, he was! And so yesterday morning, at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, Brian gave life and hope to his best friend, Dustin, by giving him a kidney. You could almost say that their relationship was made for just this moment!

Decide today to be that kind of friend. Many will give to a certain point, but a true friend and brother/sister gives all that they have, all because of love. And say a special prayer for Dustin and Brian, that as they heal quickly, their lives and their story will continue to bless others! You are loved today! Love back! 

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The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭9‬ NLT)

As of December 31st, the homeless shelter of Caring Ministries in Ft. Morgan, CO, will close its doors due to lack of funding. The same has already happened to the shelter at the Opportunity Shelter in Jackson, MS. In fact, some 4,000 churches a year close their doors for the last time in America, with financial shortfalls being cited as the one of the chief culprits! And of the 1,000 that start up each year, only 20% will still be open in 5 years, largely because of the same issue.

In our text, we see a people who are excited to honor God with their giving to fund ministry and church construction. Because they willfully and faithfully gave, God gave abundant blessings to the people of Israel. But where giving dries up, so does blessing, even making way for suffering due to unfaithfulness to God’s commands. (Please read Malachi 3:8-12 for God’s take on this)

While there is bad stewardship in certain examples of ministry executives mishandling money and over-the-top salaries, this is by far a minority issue. Be faithful to give as God instructs you because souls are counting on it! Your giving to God’s work still changes lives! You are loved today!

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But when you give to someone in need…give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭3-4‬ NLT)

Last year, a study in New Scientist revealed that people who engage in online activism for a charity are less likely to give than those who don’t. When asked to sign a given petition of their choice and then donate to the cause, overall giving of the signers was 30 percent lower than non-signers. In other words, signing the petition had made them noticeably stingier.

There are continuous needs around us all our life. Some we have a passion for. But our intention should never be to gain attention to our own image for helping. The ultimate goal should always be to meet needs where the needy are benefitted but God gets the glory.

The main emphasis of this scripture, however, is to be a giver. Be willing to give of your time, talents, and treasures to the projects or people that God lays on your heart. Your reward is in seeing people blessed, and then feeling the warmth of approval from your Heavenly Father! Be a giver this week! You are loved!

But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.” (Isaiah 32:8 NLT)

Andrew Carnegie, one of the first recognized philanthropists, is still one of the most generous to this day. Before he died in 1919, Carnegie gave away more than $350 million, which was the equivalent of more than $4.59 billion in 2014. Carnegie earned his fortune producing steel and later selling his company to become the richest man in the world at the time. His generosity funded universities, libraries, worker pensions and the arts, including New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Generosity doesn’t come because we’re rich, but because we are willing. In my observation, those with the least tend to be the most generous. If we are faithful with the things God gives us, He then can trust us with more, knowing that if He asks us to give, we will.

Generosity doesn’t always come easy. So ask God to help you to be. Don’t spend all that you have on yourself, but be ready to God His requirement (tithe), and one other need (offering). You will find that afterwards, you feel better than binge shopping! Being generous leaves the door open for blessings in return! So be a giver! You are loved today!

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If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” (1 John 3:17 NLT)

I’m always thrilled at Christmas time to see my people gather up presents for our local Angel Tree program, as we give needy kids presents at Christmastime. Beyond that, anytime there’s a fire, flood, tornado or death, our people rally together to meet the need. When times get tough, I watch with great satisfaction as I see God’s people sacrifice to help another thru a tight spot. Small Town America is a wonderful place to live!

The Bible makes it very clear that our faith in God must give way towards Christian action. Anyone can talk about love, but the Christ Life is truly about sharing with others & being there for those in need. Loving God must translate to loving & serving others with grace & joy, not vague words & hollow promises.

Mother Teresa once said,

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

If we love God, it must manifest into serving others. Let God lead you to those that are waiting for your touch! You are loved today!

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Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT)

Willadene Zedan, 85, is an absolute wonder. She has five children, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, but what she did not have until recently was a college degree. However, Willadene has proven that it is never too late for individuals to achieve their academic dreams.

Paul was encouraging the people in that they already did so much, yet there was still more that each person could do. Willadene is proof that you can do more no matter the age. The reason we don’t, though, is b/c it cuts into our time or may cost too much. But if all our life belongs to God, then that includes our time, talents & treasures. All we have are excuses for telling God “No”, then ask Him for more for ourselves.

When you think you can’t, know that you can. You’d be amazed what all you could do with God’s enabling & your sacrificing! Great things aren’t done accidently, but with purpose & intention. Do more for those that are still finding their way! You are loved today!

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