Community Brew….Generosity...

Sooo.I thought I'd step it up here a little and join a little monthly online community link-up I found through a new local blogging friend! 

This month's topic is generosity, and honestly I had to really sit and pray and think about what is actually in my heart about generosity, and what could I honestly say about it?  How do I view it? How do I act on it?  How do I encourage it in my family or anyone I'm around? Do my actions reflect what I believe on it?  I actually love to give in so many ways.  Yet, what about when it's hard to give?  Do I love it then?  

Do I really believe It is better to give than to receive? Seems if I do, my heart and actions will show it!

Well, Kaitlin {guest hosting at The Wetherills Say I Dohome of the link-up Community Brew, which is also co-hosted by Rachel of Oh Simple Thoughts} hit the nail on the head about generosity being a state of the heart and it's not only about money, but instead it's about any resources we have. This was the line of thinking I had, too because as challenging as it can be to give money till it hurts, there's other resources God's really been challenging me in to give till it hurts….my time, my privacy, my home….basically my life in general.  

A little background on us…my husband and I lead a little college discipleship ministry that hosts a weekly dinner and bible study in our home {that is so graciously catered by a local restaurant - talk about generosity!} and consists of us meeting one on one with the students throughout the week, amongst other things. For various reasons, we have young adults in and out of our home constantly. It can be exciting, but it can also be challenging.  Our vision is life on life discipleship and our long term vision {which is in the works now!} is to have students living on our land for at least a year or two and be a part of a close-knit discipleship program.  We have one living there now, and another joining us next month {coming from the Bahamas! that's another story}.  

Anyway, earlier in the year, I felt God telling me to give up my privacy.  I'm pretty much an introvert and home body and like my little life in my own little world {that's not necessarily a good thing!}….and I especially like those few little times I steal away from 5 little kids into another room with Matt for some convo…I wanted those times to be protected and well if you come near while I'm hanging out with him, I might just send you home. Ok, just kidding.  I probably wouldn't do that. :)

Actually, it was a time like that where God asked me if I was trusting Him. Pretty soon, I felt the conviction to "give up my privacy."  Not that I couldn't ever have privacy, everyone needs a little privacy here and there, but He wanted me to trust Him with my privacy.  If it wasn't going the way I had planned, well then I just needed to trust Him and wait for Him to take care of the details and provide it a different way or different time.

and that same conviction leads to my home, my food, my time, my washer and dryer.  Y'all that sounds ridiculous, but really….anytime anyone wants to interrupt any of my routines or systems, it's a place I'm challenged to be generous….selfless….sacrificial.  basically giving up control.

I love that in Romans 15:1-2, it doesn't even mention money.

"Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.  Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification."

So, whether it be a college student needing to do laundry, needing a warm meal, needing a warm {yet loud} family atmosphere, I want to be eagerly generous in all those things require!  I want to give till it hurts….with a happy heart, not a reluctant one. and I need to work on that more.

and what does this look like in the Christmas season? probably more time…and, actually all of the above.  I want to be generous in thinking about what do these people need the most?!  What could be affecting them the most this season? Are they missing loved ones? Do they just need a family to be around?  Do they need money to buy their family gifts? Whatever I have that I can give, I want to give eagerly and generously. 

and I'll leave you with one of our favorite verses….

"Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us."
1 Thessalonians 2:8


1 comment:

  1. Trusting God with my privacy is SO hard. I've never thought of it in that way before, but I'll be seeking to look at it that way from now on, because that reminds me where my priorities should lie. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 is a beautiful verse!