GIVE!

GIVE!

*** GIVE YOURSELF AWAY! ***

Somehow, the “more blessed to give than to receive” (somewhere in the book of Acts) escapes us. Nancy, you have a great heart to give—just look at how you welcomed us on the spur of the moment! I love that about you! Don’t ever STOP!

Jim Elliott (martyred by the Aucas in Ecuador in 1956—see the movies Beyond the Glory & End of the Spear) said,

HE IS NO FOOL,

WHO GIVES WHAT HE CANNOT KEEP

TO GAIN WHAT HE CANNOT LOSE!

We give our lives—fall into the ground & die—daily, moment-by-moment. It’s always a choice, & the total accumulation of choices determines our rewards, & perhaps even our very destiny.

We can choose to look at it as INVESTING: putting deposits into the Bank of Heaven for the sake of eternal rewards. One proverb says, “He who gives to the poor lends to the Lord.” The fascinating thing about this verse to me, is that the Lord would allow Himself to become “indebted”! Imagine—in debt to me!

Not all of us have money or earthly goods to give, but we all have these to give:

TIME                                                   LOVE                                                PRAISE

ENERGY                                             FAITH                              “GOOD” DEEDS

THOUGHTS                                       HOPE                                        DILIGENCE

PRAYERS                          ENCOURAGEMENT                   FAITHFULNESS

REFUSAL TO ACCEPT OR “DISH OUT” GOSSIP                          JUSTICE

GLORY TO GOD                                         DEFENDING THE DEFENSELESS

A LISTENING EAR                        THANKFULNESS             OUR HEARTS

[and probably the list could go on & on….]

BE GIVING

GIVING IS

—LIFE

LIVING

—JOY

GOD MULTIPLIES! (rather than reducing!)

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