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Why Be Generous?

Generosity is rewarding.

A farmer had an abundant crop and was able to fill his barns completely. The farmer still had goods and grains needing stored, but he had no room in his barns. He decided he would build bigger barns so he could tightly hold on to everything he harvested. His plan was to save for years to come.

The farmer told himself, “I can relax, eat, drink, and be merry for years to come,” but the Lord, in Luke 12:20, said to him, “You fool, you will die this very night, then who will get everything you have worked for?”

Jesus goes on in Luke 12:21, “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth, but not have a rich relationship with God.”

There is certainly nothing wrong with saving for retirement and being responsible with our money. In fact, Scripture encourages us to handle our wealth responsibly. Being generous is part of the responsibility we have in handling what we have been given.

Jesus says in Luke 12:15, “Beware, guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Proverbs 11:17 states, “Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.”

Solomon goes on in Proverbs 11, “Give freely and become wealthier. Be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper, those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

“Trust in your money and down you go, but the Godly flourish like leaves in spring,” Proverbs 11:28 continues.

Generosity is not an old-fashioned principle. The world is in need of generous people now more than ever. We can be generous with our time, our love, and our money. Jesus says it is better to give than receive. How will you be generous today?

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Something Awesome

One act of kindness inspired another, which changed a life.

Kim Jones was moved to action after riots left a nearby community in need of clean up. Jones, and her daughter Aaron, put some brooms, shovels, and trash bags in their car and started cleaning up. As an African American mother of two sons, Jones said she had to do something, so she decided to help clean up.

Kim and Aaron saw Jimmy Jordan walking across the parking lot. Jimmy was wearing his Wal-Mart uniform, and seemed to be walking a little slowly. They offered him a ride, and as the group was talking, they discovered the Wal-Mart greeter had been taking the bus and walking to work for over a year. His car was broken down.

Kim decided to ask her friends for help. She was hoping to raise $1,000, but she actually raised $8,000. Kim and her friends were able to buy Jimmy a new vehicle, and Jimmy is grateful.

Kim said Jimmy reminded the group it was better to give than receive.

Watch Kim Jones’ story here.

The Bible reminds us the Lord blesses generosity. As Christians, we have the opportunity to help one another. God reminds us we are one family and requests we make every effort to keep the unity found in the bond of peace.

Worldwide Beautiful

Music Monday: Craig

In church, he smelled like beer, but Craig patted him on the back and said, “I’m glad you’re here.”

It’s Music Monday. I’m fascinated at how the Lord’s message can be wrapped in a song. The lyrics capture our hearts before we realize what is happening.

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Craig by Walker Hayes reminds us how we should treat one another. Craig is not judgmental, and he is generous. The Lord shines brightly through Craig’s life. I want to be more like Craig.