"Mother Teresa once gave an interview to Hello! magazine. She was asked the question, 'Is it only the affluent who give?'
She replied, 'No, even the poorest of the poor give. The other day a very poor beggar came up to me and said, "Everyone gives to you and I also want to give you twenty paisa" - which is about two pence. I thought to myself, what do I do? If I take it he won't have anything to eat, but if I don't take it I would hurt him so much. So I took, and he was so happy because he had given to Mother Teresa of Calcutta to help the poor. Giving cleans the heart and helps you get closer to God. You get so much back in return.'
Generosity is not just a nice character trait that people have. It is right at the heart of what our faith is all about. C.S. Lewis defined Christianity as 'a kind of giving'. God has poured out his generosity to you in Jesus (John 3:16), and you are called to respond in faith and generosity to others. The key to blessing is generosity - 'the righteous give generously' (Psalm 37:21)."
How do we give? Better yet what are we to give? Time? Money? Talent? Love? Wisdom? Patience? From our hands to our hearts give generously. And you will be blessed.
I borrowed this generously from Alpha's Devotional "Read the Bible in One Year 2017" from the Bible app.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”