Give, and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38, NIV)
If you are like me then you probably receive a lot of solicitations in the mail from organizations that want you to donate to their cause. Recently, as my hand was moving one such request from the desk to my waste paper basket because I felt I couldn't afford to give, I realized that I probably couldn't afford not to give.
Like a lot of other folks, our funds are stretched to capacity just to cover our living expenses. We are afraid that if we give of our resources to others -- whether those resources be gifts of money, time, or talent -- we won't have what we need at the end of the day. We deprive ourselves of the joy of giving when one of the things we need most in life is joy! The Bible tells us "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35) and that "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).
If you feel God tugging at your heart to make a financial contribution to a charity which serves those less fortunate than you or to give of your time by picking up the phone to call a lonely or hurting friend, don't delay! Don't think that you cannot afford to because you might not be able to pay a credit card bill or finish your work by its deadline. We can all do a little something to make our world a better place to live.
If you sow into the lives of others you will reap rich rewards, perhaps when you need them the most!
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