Grateful For Your Generosity (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 241)
Philippians 4:18 (NLT)
At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.
We earn a living by the money we make through our work. However, working for money is a poor way to earn respect from others and establish a legacy that others will appreciate. We earn the gratitude of others by what we give of our time, our money, and ourselves. The people who accomplish the most and whose contributions are the most long-lasting are those who give generously.
When you think about the special people in your life, who do you find it would have been impossible to get to where you are now without? It won’t be the people who have drained your energy, wasted your time, or disrespected who you are as an individual. It is those people who have given freely and willingly of their time, their money, and their knowledge to you.
We are grateful for the people who are givers. This is how God wants us to be — to be givers of what has been so freely given to us. Paul expresses his gratefulness for the believers at Philippi for their generosity and concern for his well-being. Paul didn’t want their gifts to be in vain and he didn’t take them for granted. Being generous is a sure way to find happiness. Happiness is a byproduct of giving. It is in giving that we find everything our heart desires.
If you can think of just one person for whose generosity you are grateful for, ask yourself if there is one person who can be the same way about you. Do you give openly, willingly, and lovingly? Do you extend grace to others by helping to fill needs? Thank the people in your life who have been generous to you. Then pay their kindness forward to others at every opportunity. There are many ways to give and many open doors that will allow us to invest in the lives of others.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
— John Holmes