Generosity EncouragedRemember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.NIV Listen [Link]
At the Thursday morning bible study we were discussing the recent activity regarding an “extreme bathroom makeover” for one of our members. It seemed for years, repairs and maintenace were left undone because of cost and neglect. After a while, the tasks became so daunting that a overwhelming feelings of helplessness and embarrassment had set in. With no money, poor health, and little skill, where were they to turn?
One day one of our members visited with them in their house and saw the catastrophe that was occuring. Soon after he contacted another member with some contracting skill, whom in turned contacted some others. Shortly thereafter, a plan was in place, cleaning was done, and now the remodeling is in the final touch-ups. All this because one man saw an opportunity, took initiative, and made a phone call.
How many other of our members are in the same shape? How many have we (I) visited? Do we (I) even have a relationship with them to know what is going on in their lives?
I believe there are two lessons here: First, there is a hugh spirit of service that exists here at Tusculum. We should not become so overwhelmed with embarrassment, pride, stress, etc., that we become too ashamed to ask for help from our church family. Second, we need to seek for opportunities to serve by viewing life through God’s eyes. Too many times we (I) get so wrapped up in our (my) own life that we miss opportunities for service. God gives us these opportunites so that we can grow in Him.
“Thank you” to all of the men and women who helped with this project. Please pray that God will open our eyes so that we won’t miss these opportunities as they briefly appear.