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A Life Marked by Generosity

Naturally the holiday season sparks a desire to give back. As we look over all that has happened over the course of a year, we look for ways to "show-up" for others. Whether we volunteer our time in soup kitchens, donate blankets and items to the homeless, or host a family for dinner, this is a season that should be marked by an extension of generosity.

I believe as that our lives as believers should be marked by magnanimity. Sowing seeds of financial blessing is apart of it, giving alms to the poor is another, and certainly tithing is a conviction still for many, however, those aren't the only ways we can give.

In this blog post, I have written down a few create ideas to sow some kindness, love and thanksgiving into those around you and those within your community. After all, we all experienced 2020 and what it had to offer us. Let's be mindful of those who may have lost loved ones, job, shelter, sanity, and are in need of the love of Christ expressed through us.

Write a "THANK YOU" letters:

Consider your health care workers who were practically YO-YOed and on the front lines through all of the health crisis. They have fought burnout, weariness, tireless hours, and even at the expense of time with their families for our safety and protection. In some cases, they showed up as the family members by the bedside of those who were unable to because of lockdown. They have been angels in disguise and stood in the gap. This can extended to firefighters, emergency response teams, police officials.

Sow into a Charity:

One of the areas that is very near to my heart personally are those who do the work of protecting children, and those who are standing firmly against human sex trafficking. The level of emotion, dedication, and burdensome work this can often be is something we need to not overlook. Not all of us are called or capable to do this work, therefore, providing as much support in financial aiding and simple acknowledgement is a small request for the huge giant that go up against.

This year, our ministry family was trained and certified in SCARS Training. It was a huge eye opener to how we can continue to take preventative measures to ensure the protection and safety of children. Bermuda is leading the trail in getting individuals certified, with over 25% of our population having done the course. When we donate and "sow a seed" into organizations like this one, we take a stand against the injustices, help to initiate more of the conversation, and heal our communities.

Find a charity that is on the front-line of the causes you care about and "sow" into the work they are doing (Please do full research to ensure your $ is being put where you intend).

Invest in your friends business and passions:

2020 was the year of the hustler. If you didn't have a side hustle, you probably started one, and if you already did have one, you probably took the opportunity to put more focus into it. One of the coolest ways we can show up for our friends is to support their endeavors. This is an easy way to show love in action. It can look like giving them a financial blessing, or purchasing one of their products. It can be giving gifts to others, purchased solely from the businesses YOU know personally (#AmazonFreeHolidays). It can be remembering that your homie said they wanted to get into (blank) and you looking on Craiglist, Goodwill, Emoo, or purchasing brand new a piece of equipment to get them started.

Keep your ears peeled for the "I want's" of those around you and make little mental notes. You get to partner with God in being a blessing to someone else, and He loves a cheerful giver!

Throw a dinner party & invite people outside your circle:

Could you imagine? The ultimate extension of ourselves is when we look for was to show kindness to people we don't even know. This makes me think of the Parable of the Banquet in Luke 14. The story goes like this:

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

Now, I know that this parable is a reflection of God giving us an invite to fellowship with Him and it reflects the many excuses that people give; they gave a higher priority to other things than the banquet that was made available to them. However, another principle I see here is also summarized in Luke 6.

Invite the poor, crippled, blind and lame.

Until next time,

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