November 16, 2021

You are a natural (re)born giver!

“More blessings come from giving than from receiving.” (Acts 20:35, CEV)

A conversation with one of my grandsons recently brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart. As we talked about Christmas, I asked him if he was getting ready. He assured me he was and already had his Christmas list made out and nearly completed. Expecting to hear what he wanted, he surprised me by sharing his plans to give special gifts to his siblings. I appreciated how warm his heart was towards others and desiring to make it a good Christmas for his brother and sisters.    

The month of November puts us in the mind of observing the holidays. The celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas especially. Thankfulness and gratitude are not only positions of the heart, but they are also the ponderings of our mind as well. Considering how we might give to others, those we care deeply about, those who may not be as fortunate as we are or have been in life. Oftentimes people can only see what they lose or give up when they help others; only think of how their own resources will be diminished or depleted, which in turn introduces fear and causes resentment to fester.

Giving selflessly, generously, or extravagantly does not come naturally or easily for many, but Jesus assures us when we extend ourselves, activate our new, reborn nature of giving, we are the ones who will be blessed. It’s a great feeling to be the recipient of gifts, but truly wonderful and a blessing to give. Let’s Pray,  

Dear Lord, you are worthy to be praised and adored. We confess we sometimes look for “what’s-in-it-for-us” or what-will-we-get-out-of-it” when we give to others, thank you for reminding us that there is greater blessing in it for us than what we have given to someone else. The rewards of blessing others are greater than we can imagine. All we need to do is look at the cross and see how you gave your all so we can give our all to others without hesitation. There is great blessing in store for us when we are willing to give. Amen

Reflective Questions for Soul-Tending:

How does the Apostle’s words and teaching impact you in your life and outlook about giving to others?

How will you incorporate today’s message into your plan of soul-care?

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