Monday, December 9, 2013

For God Loves a Cheerful Giver

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9:7

Yesterday I cried.


About ten minutes ago, I cried.


Both occurred because the thought of cold and hungry people overwhelmed me.  Yesterday I saw a picture of a dying, starving child.  This morning I was explaining to my son that some people don't have food to eat.


This should make you cry, too, actually.  You should not be able to see an image of a starving child and just move along.  You should not be explaining hunger to your child without being moved by it. 


We are by no means rich, but we are absolutely not poor.  We have nice things.  We have a lot of things.  We can go to the grocery store and not have to add up everything we put in our carts to make sure we have enough money to pay for it.  


We have so much stuff in fact, we are able to donate it. We are actually able to give away stuff for FREE because we have such an abundance.  I am overwhelmed by how much stuff we have to the point I am anxious about the clutter.


Seeing that image made me pause and say, "What the hell are you doing, Emily?  Why are you so materialistic?" I really need to start giving more, reaching out to those who need true help.  I need to teach my children that you give without one thought of receiving, that if you have it, give it, never boast about what you have, give, give, give.  You'll never regret being kind.


What activities do you do with your kids to show them the spirit of giving?