Dec 13th, 2021
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By: Gary Black
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2 Corinthians 9:7 ...for God loves a cheerful giver. (NIV)

All my life, I’ve listened to people complain about preachers who talk about giving. Some cite it as the reason they quit church—”All they want is your money; why can’t we just trust God and hope He provides?” My response? Giving helps us trust God more, not less. In fact, we need to give; it makes the soul… whole. 

This week, we’re talking about generosity, and not just with our money, but with our lives. I’d count it a privilege if you’d generously give me a slice of your time each day.

In one of his books, Max Lucado tells about meeting with a husband and a daughter to plan the funeral of the wife and mother. Patty was the picture of unselfishness. It was impossible to imagine how many kids she had hugged, diapers she had changed, children she had taught, and hearts she had encouraged. To see her smile was to see springtime thaw the winter ice. A brain disease partially paralyzed Patty, leaving her unable to speak and forced her to become a patient in a rehab facility. Her spirits sank so low she didn’t want to eat and had trouble sleeping. One evening, her daughter had an idea. She placed her mom in a wheelchair and rolled her from room to room, looking for people who needed encouragement. It didn’t take long.

Though unable to speak, Patty could touch and pray, and she did both. She patted other patients, then placed her hand on their hearts, lowered her head, and silently prayed. For the better part of the evening, she touched and prayed her way through the entire rehab center. That very night, her appetite changed, and she slept peacefully.

My point? Giving helps us… but it also heals us. In that respect, it’s always a “get to,” not a “have to.” Get it?

The Bible enjoins us to give cheerfully. God would rather we give $1.00 cheerfully than $1,000 begrudgingly. Life’s short, friends. Smile… and give it away!

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