Generous Spirit

The Power of Sharing Billboard Message Donate Give Help OthersThere are people who are very generous with their money, their time and resources. These are people who have experienced the blessing of giving to others. I believe this to be a characteristic given to us by our Creator. He is the epitome of generosity. He is so patient and understanding with me and I’m so stubborn and bull-headed. He is so generous with grace and blessings beyond numbering – yet I still like to hold tightly to my stuff. Jesus spoke clearly and succinctly about generous people. Check this out….

15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:15-21 NIV)

Since I became a REALTOR in 2003, I heard a statement over and over that applies here. It goes like this: “Pigs get fed and Hogs get slaughtered”.  In other words, greed can bring about self-destruction.  Being generous is a joyful experience. It’s lots of fun to give without anyone knowing who gave.  There are many generous people in West Georgia. I still get misty-eyed to think of the generosity of people who helped serve our family when my son was diagnosed with cancer. Those acts of kindness made a huge impact on me and my family.

I want to have a generous spirit toward others. I want to help others because the Lord has helped me. I want to be generous toward others because the Lord has been generous to me. I believe GIVING is part of God’s DNA. I am never more like God than when I give.  16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

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The Best Gift

Gift Box opened w blue ribbonThere are many categories of gifts, but I will simple choose three: Good, Better & Best.  There are times when you’re given a gift and you are simply blown away that the other person put so much thought and preparation into your gift. Then there are good gifts. These are gifts you really like. Most everyone likes to be given the best gifts. If all the gifts I was given were “white elephant” gifts or if they were all re-gifted things the other person didn’t really want, I wouldn’t feel very special – I would feel like I’m the yard sale guy.

The Lord doesn’t like second hand gifts. He wants to be the recipient of our best. He makes it clear in Malachi 1. Check this out….

6 The Lord All-Powerful says, “A son honors his father, and a servant honors his master.” I am a father, so why don’t you honor me? I am a master, so why don’t you respect me? You priests do not respect me.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown you disrespect?’
7 “You have shown it by bringing unclean food to my altar.
“But you ask, ‘What makes it unclean?’
“It is unclean because you don’t respect the altar of the Lord. 8 When you bring blind animals as sacrifices, that is wrong. When you bring crippled and sick animals, that is wrong. Try giving them to your governor. Would he be pleased with you? He wouldn’t accept you,” says the Lord All-Powerful.
9 “Now ask God to be kind to you, but he won’t accept you with such offerings,” says the Lord All-Powerful. (Malachi 1:6-9 NCV)

I love getting gifts. I love knowing that the other person loves me enough to get me something that is special to them and bless me with it. I’ve loved it over the years when my kids were young and they drew special drawings for Dad. I love it when they watch how I live and move and try to make or buy something that will be a blessing to me for days, weeks and years to come.   A well-thought out gift speaks volumes about the giver and the receiver.

The Lord wants my gifts for Him to be the best. He doesn’t want my left-overs. He wants my first-fruits. He wants the well-thought out and planned gifts. He wants to really high on my gift list.  This is an area that I need to really grow in. When I give generously, I feel so blessed and grateful. There is no way to out give THE GIVER!

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