Dear friend, do you need some joy and excitement in your life? If so–and if you want to experience one of the biggest thrills you can ever have–then become a giver.
I mean become a big giver with a generous heart.
You don’t have to have a lot to give, but become a giver who gives meaningful, sacrificial gifts from your heart. For example:
- Become that person who pays for another family’s meal at the restaurant.
- Become the person who takes the pastor under his/her wing, anonymously, and makes sure they are always stocked with Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.
- Become the person who purchases Christmas presents for kids in the orphanage at Christmas.
- Become the person who brings desserts to the local Teen Challenge facility, because their budget doesn’t allow them to cook desserts.
- Become the person who, when the church is in trouble, gives an extra offering–as much as you can, even if it’s little.
Become that person.
Beloved, there is so much joy in giving.
Giving is a high. It’s a rush. It’s a bigger thrill than nearly anything else. Why? Because giving transforms your character and makes you like Jesus. It brings you into greater intimacy with God because, when you give, you are becoming like Him.
“For God so loved the world that He gave …” (John 3:16).
“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit” (Psalm 51:12).
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
Giving is amazing if you’ll let yourself enjoy it. And if you have a generous heart, you’ll enjoy it quite a lot.
But what can you do if you don’t have a generous heart? If giving feels like pulling teeth for you?
If giving does not come naturally to you–or supernaturally, as the case may be–then just pray for a heart change. Father God stands ready and willing to give you His generous heart. Holy Spirit will also give you the gift of giving, so that you’ll get a rush to beat the band whenever you give.
Yes, giving is that much fun … and the Lord WANTS you to have THAT MUCH FUN every time you give.
Every time. Without fail.
So pray for a generous heart with me today:
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Are you already a giver? Or, do you want to become one? If so, leave a comment below and tell me what kind of giver you would love to become–and what you’re doing to start now where you are!
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