Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Brothers and sisters: Men and Women must venture forth judiciously if they are ever to realize a gain, even though there is always a certain amount of risk.
Generous-showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected. Showing kindness towards others.
Generous is a word that our church culture of today has assigned multiple meanings to, such as:
1. Giving more
2. Giving a little more than what is expected.
3. Giving until it hurts
What we see in Scripture is generous giving that gives beyond expectations. Most often, we think about giving generously of our finances. We can give of any and all of our resources. Each of us can liberally share:
1. Our time with others, visiting the sick and shut-in, and family.
2. Our energy helping the senior members of the community.
3. Our emotions showing our love for others.
4. Our home, may be someone we know needs a place to sleep tonight.
5. Our car giving someone a ride to work or shopping.
6. Ourselves and much more.
Living a generous life means living beyond ourselves and looking to the needs of others.
Do you look to the needs of others?
Solomon passed along wisdom when he explained that what we give will be seen again. As you and I give our lives away, we gain them back.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Brothers and sisters, today, tonight, ask the Lord to open your eyes to those around you in need.
1. Someone may need a listening ear.
2. Someone may need a hug.
3. Someone may need a bill paid.
4. Someone may need a ride to work, or to the store.
5. Simply someone to care
Do you care about/for others?
Spend time with the Lord, asking Him to make you one who gives generously and who goes beyond yourself.
Heavenly Father, prompt me to see people who are in need today, and please show me how to meet that need in a way that honors You.