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Giving Tuesday

Today is National Day of Giving, also known as Giving Tuesday, and I thought maybe we will just talk about that today… National Day of Giving encourages giving back. In this season of giving gifts to our loved ones, we should also consider giving to others, organizations, and whoever or whatever God has laid on your heart.

Many have just spent the past weekend shopping and searching for the best possible deals. Well, National Day of Giving reminds us to give to those in need. Looking to our favorite causes or charities, we are reminded to lift others up during this generous time of year.

While my husband and I were out Friday afternoon, we saw a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. We stopped and talked with the guy volunteering his time for this cause and gave what we had.

He gave his time to help the charity, which embodies the spirit of this day. Giving, no matter what it is. There are so many charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world who will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says, each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

This is directing us to the mindset we should have when we are giving. When people give reluctantly or out of obligation the impact is different. We are to give cheerfully no matter what you are giving do it when a cheerful heart.

2 Corinthians 8:12 reads, for if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

There are many ways to give and if your heart is in the right place and you are willing then that gift you are giving is the perfect gift.

I see this play out when my kids are buying gifts for people. Watching them think about the person and genuinely selecting something they believe the person will like and appreciate really demonstrates to me the saying, 'their hearts were in the right place.' They are so happy to give to others, and that is what it is all about.

2 Corinthians 9:10 says, for God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

God is the One Who multiplies the seeds we sow, to bring forth much fruit. He has promised to abundantly bless and liberally multiply the work of our hand, which is carried out in spirit and truth so that, by grace, we will bring forth a fruitful harvest of righteousness that will enrich our lives and bring great glory to Him. God is our provider of all, and we need to honor Him, and that is why we should seek Him when we are looking to give. As you are thinking about giving in whatever way that will be—monetarily, time, labor—ask God who you should give to and what you should be giving. God will guide you and bless you for what you will do and have done.

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