There have been several times through out my life where I remember giving when I was uncomfortable.
The first was at a middle school summer camp. I had met a boy named Wesley. Wesley was the sweetest & as the week of camp went on I learned he didn’t have a Bible. I knew that I was suppose to give him mine.
For those of you that don’t know, I crush some Bibles. The average life span of a Bible that I own is about 2 years. 2 years of sermons & notes & doodles & sharing what God was teaching me. These Bibles that I have & use, really mean so much to me and are so personal.
The end of the week came & I walked up to Wesley handed him my Bible & told Him this word & this Jesus would change his life. Y’all it was so uncomfortable.
I will never know the impact that the Bible made on Wesley’s life but I do know how it impacted mine.
The second time was around 3 years ago. One of my high school girls was going to YWAM in the Dominican Republic & she needed a computer… SO I gave her my iPad because I could not financially support her. When she returned she told me that she had made friends with a guy during her time in Haiti that was running a prison ministry & he needed a computer…. SO she gave him the iPad.
So the iPad is now helping in prison ministry in Haiti, how neat is God?!
There are a few things that I have learned about giving…
That I am suppose to give above & beyond my comfort zone, to the point of being
uncomfortable. Where in the Bible does it say I am suppose to sit in the comfort of things?
But I do know in Zechariah 8:1-23, it says that we are blessed to be a blessing to others.
When we give to others, it helps the ones we are giving to… give. We get to show others how to give, to let the things that own us no longer own us- because we don’t let them & we realize who our Lord is.
We remember where our citizenship is & the brevity that we are here on this earth & our focus changes & when it changes we give away our lives to something bigger, we give away our prized possessions, our iPads, our homes & our money.
Everything changes when we give it away.