Generosity Keeps You Healthy
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – When I talk with Evan about my upbringing, I look back at and remember we did not have a lot of money. Most of the people we knew and went to church with, didn’t have a lot either. Yet they were some of the happiest, most contented people I knew. Some of the “widow ladies” from our church were among the happiest.
I paid visits to them with my family when we took them food. They had so little, but they were always smiling. Our little church would go caroling at Christmas. When we’d step up on their porch, we were greeted with the biggest smiles. When we finished singing, we were rewarded with fresh made from scratch cookies! If there was a death, or an illness, they were the first to send food from their nearly bare cupboards.
Looking back, I realize those were smiles, not of ignorant bliss, but confident faith. They knew Who provided for them. They were modern day versions of the widow in the Bible , who gave a few pennies, all that she had, in the offering.
Now that I think about it-when we took them food to be a blessing, we typically left feeling great. Could we have been blessed as much as those we were trying to bless?
What kind of impact could we have on our hurting world if we practiced that kind of faith daily? Not just at Christmas, or Thanksgiving, but every day. Think people would want to know what is motivating us? Think people would notice? Think we would feel the difference?…
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.“ (Mark 12:41-44 NIV)