Thirsty Thursday: Generosity

I remember hearing this guy talk about how great it would be to be really rich because you could bless others with your wealth. I remember him saying that you could pay a $100 bill for the people behind you in line and tell the cashier to give the change to the people. At the time, I thought, Yeah! That would be awesome.

Now I think about it and laugh. Hunny and I are by no means in a good place financially. We’re not even on the rung to get to a bad place to be honest. But Hunny and I are generous with the little we do have. We give freely of the resources that God has given. Even though we don’t give a $100 bill to the cashier and pass on the change, we do pay for the people behind us in line. Every time we feel like we should do it, we always have enough money to pay. Obviously, God put it on our hearts to bless those people.

You may be like us and trying to stay afloat financially or you may be comfortable financially. You don’t have to give a $100 bill to a person in order to be generous. You just have to pay attention. Do you know someone who needs something? Do you know a new mom? She would love someone to do her dishes or her laundry. Do you know someone who has had a death in the family? They could use a nice evening out. Do you know someone who is discouraged about their job? He could use some encouragement. Kind words, smiles, and hugs (my favorite!) are free. You get to choose whether or not you’re going to give.

Thirsty Thursday: Heart Movements

While we were surviving the plague, I was not reading my Bible or meditating. I just could not read or meditate while sick this go around. I know that it really effected my mood, but I was unable to concentrate enough to put letters together to form words and words into sentences in my mind while sick and tending to other sick people. Being sick as a grown up is exhausting.

I’m finally starting to feel like I can do normal things again, like read and take showers on a regular basis. As I was getting back into meditation, my heart caught this:

From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, goatskins, acacia wood, oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece. Exodus 25:2b-7.

I meditated on “From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.” God is going to move you to give to Him. The great thing about His movement in your heart is that He is never going to ask you to give something you don’t already have. I looked at the list of things people were going to contribute to the sanctuary. Everything from glorious gold to precious stones to ordinary lumber to boring oil was to be given. The same person who is moved to give silver is not the person who has scarlet yarn in their closet. God isn’t going to move you to sell the scarlet yarn so you can give silver. He’s going to ask you to give the precious scarlet yarn you have been saving to make that family heirloom quilt. I put myself in this list. I think God would have moved me to give oil or spices. Hunny and I eat at home more than the average person, so we have olive oil and spices for cooking. I have a few rings with precious stones in them given to me from family during childhood. Maybe God would move me to give those as contribution.

So many people in our lives have needs. Needs that God wants to use you to meet. You may hear of someone’s need that you are able to meet, someone needs work done on their house and you know how to do it, or someone needs encouragement and you send them a positive message. But there will be times you hear of a need that you aren’t meant to meet. You don’t have extra money to support a missionary. You don’t have the time to tutor your friend’s child in math. You can’t meet the need. But you can pray. You can pray for that person to be patient and wait on the Lord. You can pray for the people who are supposed to meet the need that they will contribute and won’t loose out on the blessing of giving. You can pray.

I’m praying for you right now.

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Cinematic Call to Give (My New Favorite Commercial)

If I’ve seen it, I’m sure you’ve seen it.  Several of my friends posted it on facebook, and once Hunny saw it, he wanted to pin it.

I really love the way this commercial visually tells the story with little dialogue, but the emotional impact is huge.  Writing and creating dialogue is my strong suit.  I have no problem knowing what my characters will say and having it sound natural (I practiced by playing out scenarios that might happen in school and how I would respond.  Sadly, none of my scenarios ever happened, so it didn’t help me socially).  What I have to work on is moving a story forward visually.

I also love that though this is a three minute commercial, it uses flashback beautifully.  There are movies that misuse flashback sequences.

 

It’s also a good reminder to be kind to others.  You never know when someone will be kind to you.