This month our church is focusing on giving. The church is giving back to the people and to our community. This past week we have taken up paper towels, kleenex, wipes and zip lock bags for all the school age children to be handed out Saturday for the Back to School Bash. We also are collecting little bicycles to be given away at the fair next week. Last night during the service we wheeled in the new Bye Bye Buggy for our Kidztown as we surprised our children Pastor Kevin with it. A couple of weeks ago while he was on vacation we took up a special offering just for this. The children are also getting a new play area outside that a member has so graciously put together. Last Sunday we handed out fruit and the Sunday before bottles of water. The last Sunday of the month we will handing out Sunglasses. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when you tell them it is free or a gift. At Christmas time, birthday or special occasion it brings me great happiness to be able to give something to others. The smile on a child’s face is priceless. The look of getting something you never expected or always wanted brings an excitement in the air. I remember hearing the boys scream, “OH Yea”! when they got a new game or toy they practically begged for. Giving you see is a form of love. Love that is unconditional and expecting nothing in return.
The next time you give just remember it is about others, it is about blessing others not for the return you might get back. If the motive is controlling others, wondering if the gift will be appreciated or used correctly is not the purpose of giving. The true art of giving comes from the heart and that is the heart of God = love.
Prayer: Lord let me never lose sight of the real purpose of giving and loving. I thank you that you have given to me so that I may give out to others. In Jesus Name. Amen
Luke 6:38 New International Version (©1984)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”