Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 27, 2010

Giving Season

Lk 6:38 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.”


A dear friend and I used to ride our bikes together for exercise.  We worked on memorizing Bible verses while we road.  We both had a hard time with this verse and ended up laughing so hard at our poor efforts we would have to get off our bikes and “sober” up.  Another friend learned the real meaning of this verse.  We had a family in our church that was in dire need of household items – all items.  My friend went into her linen closet and moved a new set a bed sheets out of the way to get an old set she was about to throw out.  Then, that quiet voice of God spoke within her saying, “You save the best for yourself and give me what you have no need of, no desire for?”  That cut to the quick of her being.  She put back the old sheets and took out the new to give to the family.


We are fast approaching the “season of giving.’  Yes, the season should be throughout the year, every day of the year, but our unloving hearts are moved more during the season from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  Everyone has something to give to someone else.  Giving doesn’t limit itself to money or material things.  Giving includes the gift of time.  Yes, we need to give money where it is needed and things where they are needed, but we must remember to give the gift of our company or some of our food.  This is a good time to practice reaching out to a neighbor who might be lonely or even a phone call.  Pray and ask God each day what you can give and who needs it.  That puts His joy in you each day.


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