2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided with your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
My husband, Danny, balances his mind, in careful financial preparedness, with his heart that leans toward generosity. That can be a precarious tension at times for many of us, but he has honed it to a fine art.
When Danny announces his monthly trip to Costco, I expect no more than the items on his list to make their way home to our pantry. Was I blindsided! He enters the kitchen with a gorgeous bouquet of 24 roses, which he presents to me "just because."
Just because . . .
Danny wants to surprise me, which he successfully does. He values my love for him. He cherishes the blessings God has granted to both of us through our marriage.
He loves me!
A cheerful giver describes Danny to a "T."
It's so easy to love someone who loves you back, isn't it?
But Jesus told us that the pagans and tax collectors do that. In following Him, we must do more. We are to love our enemies and pray for them.
We are to be gracious and forgiving toward them.
Gulp! Now that's something, I would dare say, none of us find easy or desirable. Especially in the contentious environment we currently experience in our nation's culture.
YET . . .
It is a command from our Lord.
So, how and where do we start?
Simply in simple acts. I'm reminded of the importance even the seemingly insignificant gesture of kindness shown to another can go a long way. A smile offered. A door held open for the person behind us. Allowing someone with fewer items to jump in front of us in the grocery store line.
Each of these are acts of love shown intentionally with people we don't even know. For some of us, if we ourselves are feeling hurt, forgotten or unforgivable, this can seem like a monumental task.
Yet, if we make the effort to reach out in genuine care to a fellow human being, who is possibly going through a difficult time in his or her life, we could make all the difference.
Not just in their lives, but in ours.
You don't need to break the bank to be a cheerful giver.
You only need to be present, offering your heart, one small, sincere step at a time.