Thursday, February 26, 2009

being generous

Don't you just love it when you thoughts for the day are doubled or even tripled by other stuff that comes your way?  Well, today is just one of those days.  The thoughts that I continue to have about our giving and helping those going through a very difficult time end with God renewing my vision and giving me conversations with people who have much passion to see God work in lives.
 
Then I read this:
 
"Lifechurch wasn't as generous as they needed to be, so Craig, as a leader, began to be generous." --- Craig Groeschel, shared at the catalyst oneday event in Atlanta
 
Did you get that?  When Craig wanted a change in his church, he made the change in himself.  That speaks volumes to me and convicts me that I have to keep on the path that I have chosen.  I am only as good of a leader as I choose to follow Jesus.  That means I can say 'do as I do' rather just 'do as I say'. 
 
Our actions speak volumes.  Are we generous givers?  I pray God gives me the ability to give more and the leadership ability to lead others to give more of themselves.  That is huge!
 
Proverbs 11:25 (nlt) --- The generous will prosper;those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
 
Psalm 37:21 (nlt) --- The wicked borrow and never repay,but the godly are generous givers.
 
2 Corinthians 9:7 (nlt) --- You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."
 
Do you get it?  God is tearing my heart apart, and I am excited about.  Yes, that is what I said.  Being generous is not a burden.  It is a blessing and a call from God on our lives...
 
Isaiah 58:10 (nlt) --- Feed the hungry,and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

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