Generous hearts lead to generous pocketbooks. And the gifts that flow from hearts of love are the very best gifts! As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, we become more like Him. Just as He began the first Christmas with giving, so we celebrate every Christmas in our life with a generous heart.
But I guess I am preaching to the choir! You already want to be generous, but, like me, you don't always feel like giving. Or maybe you are bombarded with so many requests to give, that you simply don't know where to begin. Here are some steps to take to give generously with wisdom.
Cultivate a Generous Heart
Prayerfully plan where and what to give. Be led by the Holy Spirit, rather than emotions or emotional appeals. Let wisdom direct you! You don't have to have God speak audibly to be led by the Holy Spirit; simply follow his leading in this area. He may put a "burden" on your heart or simply open or close doors.
Pray for each person you want to give presents to this year. Be led by the Lord as you choose the perfect gift for them. Let your heart direct the purchase of the gift and the giving of the gift. Let gift giving be ministry this year, rather than a duty that is exhausting. When you know the Lord is leading you to give a gift, you can enjoy the whole process with Him, watching Him provide bargains, sales, and opportunities!
Set aside a small amount of cash in your purse to give spontaneously (to Salvation Army and other ministries that you run into). This way the money is already set aside and when it's gone, it's gone. Anywhere from $10.00 to over $100.00, depending on your financial situation, is appropriate.
When we give, God gives back to us. We reap what we sow. We know all the promises, and, even though that's not why we give, it helps to know that our cup will not run dry by being generous. So stretch your heart open a little and trust him to fill it back up!
Let's honor the Lord and be generous this season. Have a glad, generous Christmas season! Remember, 'tis the season to be generous!
Have a Generous Holiday Season!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)