We as people, especially as Americans, seem to have an insatiable desire for the "getting" of things. I know that I too struggle with this. The world around us (movies, print, radio) constantly sends the message of "getting" the newest, biggest, best things.
When we read God's word, we see a totally different perspective. It is a focus on "giving." We are to give (cheerfully) of our time, money, and talents. So you might say 'I don't have any money to give, I'm barely making ends meet now!' The good news is that still leaves your time and talents to give. I'm not talking about boarding a plane and going to another country to do mission work (although it is really cool when God allows you to be a part of that!) What I'm talking about is the daily, small sacrifices that allow those around you to be blessed by your giving.
What can you give? A hug, a smile, a meal to a new Mom? Maybe your family needs the gift of your time. Instead of trying to plan the 'perfect' something, just give yourself. Take time to read to your kids, to sit with your spouse, to call your parents on the phone. These small gifts can be the beginning of a new path, one that leads you closer to God's heart as you seek to give to others. You can't out-give God, but it sure is encouraging to others when we try! Give your prayers to the lost and hurting, your smile to the clerk at the store, your time to read a bedtime story to a child, your life to follow Christ by reading His Word and following His example.
Life can be a grand adventure, or a tale of drudgery.
Most days the only difference between the two is your own attitude.
Our attitude should be that of Christ Jesus, Who became a servant to save us through His death on the cross. It is not easy to keep this attitude. There will be another force at work, whispering in your ear to turn back to your selfish ways. Rest confidently in this: it is when we draw near to God that satan must flee.
Each of has a choice to make, to spend our lives "getting" or "giving." If you're feeling strung out, crabby, or just unsatisfied, let me encourage you to try the road less-traveled, the road of "giving."I think you will be glad you did. I know your family will be glad you did. Most importantly, God will find joy in your obedience.
Join me in this journey, as we change the "getting" into "giving," one day, one hour, one choice at a time. Pray for me, as I know that this life is not an easy path to follow. Know that I'll be praying for you as well!
"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." ---Jude 24&25