From The Editor . . . by Tim Greenwood
Window On The Word
you a person that is prone to "getting" or "giving" in life? Now
be honest with yourself. Most people who are out to "get"
usually don't get much back in life and, to be honest, deep down they
are not truly happy.
If we follow God's way then we would be looking for ways to
give. Giving doesn't always have to be big. A smile,
a kind word, patience towards our children, spouse or co-workers can go
a long way. Sending a bag of groceries to someone in need (the
food banks are helping more people out nowadays than before) or just
allowing the person behind you in line to go in front of you (no
cutting in front of others of course!) these can go a long way to
convey a message that you care for others. Make it a goal in your
daily life to begin thinking of ways to give to others. Pretty
soon it will come naturally!
I saw a commercial sometime last year that showed people giving a
"helping hand" to other people they didn't even know. The smile
on the recipients face was contagious - after they had received a
"helping hand" in some way - they in turn did the same for another
person. This is the way a "giver" should live his or her life,
everyday of the year. Our thoughts should be about others and not
What about at church? Are you a getter or a giver? No, I
am not only talking about tithing and giving offerings, which by the
way is very important to allow the Kingdom of God to be preached to all
nations, providing for your pastor and keeping the building where you
meet in great condition to invite others to. Remember, we should
give God our best.
What about giving of your time? Helping out at the bookstore,
youth ministry, children's ministry, local Red Cross, library, PTA,
helping at the donut and coffee station (OK, I know this one can be
tempting) can go a long way to take off much pressure of the pastors or
leaders in charge of scheduling.
Now remember when you commit to something you are doing it in good
faith. Do not allow volunteering for something to become a "hit
or miss" decision for you. People are counting on you! The
Bible says to "do to others as you would have them do unto you."
One way to be a giver is to always - in good faith - do what you say
you will do. The way we follow through, tells others about our
If you don't give (in any area) - who will? Do you
realize that 20% of the people do all the work or giving financially
for the other 80%? This statistic should be humbling enough to
move the 80% of the "getters" into "givers." Please think about
this if you are one of those in the 80% category and make a change.
Yes our time is valuable! We all have the same 24 hours in any
given day. But, I dare say that many of us (including myself)
could be a better organizer of our time. But think about being a
giver at church - isn't the Sabbath Day supposed to be a day of
spending time with God, His kids and not racing around trying to get
everything accomplished that we missed doing during the week?
Most of us have room for improvement in this area of giving.
God gave His best - Jesus - for you and me. Jesus gave His life
for us. As Christians, we need to be givers into the Kingdom of
God (here on earth) and into the lives of others. Jesus came to be a
servant. His life was about giving, about serving others in every area
Galatians 6:7 tells us that God's plan is reaping what we sow. So, it is always more beneficial to others and yourself to be a giver. Go ahead; decide to make that move from being a "getter" in certain areas to a "giver." You will be happy and blessed because you did! TGM
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