Generosity is something that makes my heart burst. God is all about generosity - not just with stuff, but with our time, our resources, our emotional energy. The early church was incredibly good at giving. I'm not talking about tithing to a church; I'm talking about blessing others and caring for their needs, whether they know Jesus or not. I need God to revive my heart in the area of blessing others out of what He's given me (whether I feel like I have "enough to give" or not). I need a reminder of the joy of generosity.
This month I've asked some of my sponsors to share about generosity, but I thought I'd start off the conversation today with a story.
Don't ask me why I watermarked this picture. No one wants to steal a picture of a bloated pregnant chick. But it's a habit so I'm keeping the watermark!
Last November I was LARGELY pregnant. Like people literally asked me how I was not falling over type of pregnant. The last few weeks of pregnancy are hard on every woman's body, and my 4'8" frame was no exception. I only had to walk about 5 minutes to my office for work each day, but by the time I got there I was exhausted, sore, and almost in tears. My body was going on strike.
One morning, a friend popped her head into my office. As I sat down and rubbed my aching back, this friend informed me that her and her husband were treating me to a spa day at a really nice local spa. She said that they'd watched me drag myself to work everyday, carrying a super-sized bowling ball on my stomach, and they wanted to pamper me. (Who does that?!) I was 9 months pregnant and was going to get a pedicure, manicure, and massage. I was shocked; it was the perfect gift. Thank you friends for easing the (literal) pain of a gigantically pregnant woman. You gave out of the little that you had in order to meet a real need of mine. You guys were Jesus to me. And I bet you enjoyed giving to me almost as much as I enjoying receiving it :)
I love that being generous isn't about giving money. These friends saw a need and asked the Lord how they could partner with Him in meeting it. I think that you can be generous with your money, but also with your time, with how you listen, with lending out your car or offering to babysit. There are a lot of ways to be generous. The point of generosity is to bless others; it's not about the dollar amount.
I started writing this post about generosity to inspire you. But as I finish writing, I know that God is asking me to keep my eyes open. To listen to Him when He knocks on my heart and says, "give." And to trust Him when He asks me to give out of the little that I have. What if God wants to use my time, or my money, or my creativity, to bless someone? I hope I am bold enough to say "yes." You never know how He will use your dollars or your service. You might think it's just a spa day; but you also just might be Jesus to someone.