Scripture: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
I hesitated as I pulled into the leftmost left turn lane. There was a beggar slowly pacing up and down the median. The red light would force me to choose to look at him, or try my best to ignore him. Ignoring him would make me feel guilty. You know what people say. “Don’t give them any money. They’ll just spend it on drugs or alcohol.” But I was moved to reach fro my purse in the back seat, pull out a large bill, and place it in the cup held by this very dishevelled, very weary looking man. As I looked him in the eye, he spoke first. “God bless you.” I replied, “God bless you,” and rolled up the window. Perhaps the way he looked justified the gift. He really needs it, I thought. But it isn’t for me to judge. Regardless of what he does with the gift, I followed God’s prompting to be generous. I have so much!
I am usually a good tipper. People in the service industry work hard for very little. I took a business trip last week. The smallest bill I had for the shuttle driver was a five. How shallow I would be to ask for change. When I left the hotel room, I placed another five dollar bill on the desk with “Thank you” and a smiley face jotted on the guest tablet – a practice of mine since seeing a good Pittsburgh friend do it many years ago.
I confess it is harder for me to be generous with my time. I’m working on that, especially at my workplace. There is Friends episode in which Phoebe and Joey (or is it Chandler?) are arguing whether or not a gift or act of kindness is ever fully selfless. He alleges that the good feeling one receives from giving is a payback. Maybe so. Generosity is a Fruit of the Spirit. Let others experience God’s love through your generosity.
“It is not the weight of jewel or plate, or the fondle of silk or fur;
‘Tis the spirit in which the gift is rich, as the gifts of the Wise Ones were,
And we are not told whose gift was gold, or whose was the gift of myrrh.”
Edmund Vance Cooke
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. How generous are you with your money and things?|
|2. How generous are you with your time?|
|3. What new and spontaneous ways can you bless others this week?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|