I feel like I’ve been bombarded lately with messages of giving and having a heart to give ~ maybe God’s trying to get my attention. ;-)
At church the last few weeks, our pastor has been doing a sermon series based on the principles taught in the book, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. My husband and I also attend a small group, and we’ve been studying the sermon series again at home and then at our small group. We’ve been learning so much about true contentment and living a life of thanks giving and giving to others.
Randy Alcorn defines the “Treasure Principle” as “You can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.” That has given me and my husband a great deal to think about during this study. We’ve been re-evaluating our giving habits and how we help or don’t help others in need.
Our church recently took part in One Day to Feed the World through Convoy of Hope and people who wanted to participate, gave one day’s pay to this gift offering to the people in Haiti. I was amazed when I heard the reports that over 40,000 had been collected from a congregation under 1500. God is so awesome. Our church is also starting to aid a local food pantry / mission center, in feeding the homeless in our area. The church leadership thought maybe 25 people would sign up to help. On Sunday, over 200 people signed up to assist in this new ministry. My husband and I also signed up. We’ve been so blessed that we want to give back of our time and help those in need.
I don’t say this to pat ourselves on the back. I’ve just been seeing a real awakening of people in this great nation waking up to a true sense of thanks giving and a desire to help others in need. My husband and I also watch the Glenn Beck show on FOX News. He’s been speaking of similar things in the last few days ~ that this Thanksgiving Day should be a time of reflection. We need to get back to the basics and once again be content with what we have and help others.
Will you make this Thanksgiving Day into a day to commit to a new way of making your life a lifetime of giving? That is my goal. I want to make a difference in this world, even if it’s only helping one person at a time. I can give an encouraging word or smile. I can give of my time in a ministry at church or in other service in the community. I can give an offering of money. There are so many things that I can do and we all can do to make this world a better place. Let’s make our lives into offerings of a lifetime of giving.