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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tis the Season to Get

As I have mentioned here before, our church has a Crazy Love Project each week where we encourage our congregation to do specified acts of kindness.

The holiday season affords many opportunities for our weekly endeavors.  As a matter of fact, this week's project is for our people to bring in canned foods for the Mebane Middle School's Thanksgiving Food Drive.  (Mebane is the school we are currently meeting at each Sunday for service)

The food will go to families in need.  Families that we may never know their names or see their faces.   

I actually love giving anonymously.  To me it is pure and unconditional giving.

Oh the many stories I could tell of times my family gave and got back way more than we ever imagined possible.

Tis the season to give, yes.  But you cannot give without getting. 

I love what my husband always says, We give, to get, so we can give yet again.

There are needs all around us.  And they do not all involve money.  A mom may need a break and a babysitter.  A coworker may need a friend to confide in.  An elderly person may need someone to help with housework.  A teacher may need an encouraging word.  A sick friend may need a meal.

It is so easy to see only our needs and our wants.  This season, let's open our hearts, our homes and maybe even our wallets to those around us.  I promise you will get back way more than you will ever give.  And then you can... give yet again.

Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Luke 6:38 Message Translation 

There is not a greater joy on this earth than to know you have made a difference in someone's life and that's all the Christmas presents I need this year.

To all my family and friends,
If you still wanna get me a 'lil somthing, I'll take it.   I sure wouldn't want to deny you your blessing.
(wink, wink)

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Great message, but your p.s. is all you.....it is the season for giving and those who love you will remember you. We need to do lunch very soon.....