"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." --- 2 Corinthians 9:7
A controversial post, but I'm passionate about this and it's my blog, so ... ツ
I attended 3 high schools (long story, but no expulsions were involved. heh.) and the Spanish teacher in the final one? Via a hometown Facebook group, last weekend I learned he and his wife lost their home to a fire.
They'd traveled to Oregon with their dogs to a dog show so no one was harmed, but still. How devastating to lose one's house, especially while in your 80's!
A friend of theirs started a GoFundMe page and immediately I gave an amount I believe God asked me to. Call me whatever you wish, but for years I've felt grateful for pages such as GoFundMe.
Decades past, giving in such situations was complicated. You could leave donations at the local bank (but from 3,000 miles away?) or the bank's address was given. Or only a phone number was listed (I'm not a phone person) if you wished to contribute that way.
Often all that complication made it simple to quip the excuse, "I'd love to give, but I couldn't figure out how," and then go about one's merry, kinda-justified life.
Yet now? Color me utterly thankful that places like GoFundMe exist. They make giving simple and I've had only wonderful experiences. (And please, please don't get all, "But they charge an extra fee and I heard they ... blah, blah, blah.)
Hey, if you don't trust certain groups, search until you find one that you do.
Anyway. For years too often Facebook friends have posted meme's like this one--
How's that supposed to help someone whose house burned down? Or widows who can't pay for their husband's funeral? Or parents whose baby needs unexpected surgery? Or ?
The answer: it doesn't help. It only harms the already distraught feelings of those who suddenly experienced a catastrophe.
People, it is a privilege to give money to those in need! An honor. A pleasure. A God-designed opportunity to visibly spread His help on Earth.
And yes, there are other ways to help those in need! I get it. But too often I've observed folks jumping off there: they can't give money, but they can pray. Or send food. Or clean, cook, drive, phone, etc., etc.
All good, yes!
But in many cases, after a disaster, folks need money. And gift cards. They really do. And may we at least consider yanking ourselves from the I-don't-have-money-but-I-can-do-etc., auto-pilot switch (if it's ours) if we've raced to flip it decade after decade.
What if we changed our response to be more like this?
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” ---Luke 6:38
Who knows? Maybe all sorts of areas in our life would change.
Think I'm clueless? Don't know what it's like? Think again.
God's worked on my mind for decades, prying the dollars, at first, from my scared little fingers until now I actively search for ways to give. And now? Always there's enough both to give and to save.
Freely, freely you have received.
Freely, freely give.
Go sowing all sorts of help and watch out! All sorts of help will find its way to you. After all, God promised.
"Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed." --- Proverbs 19:17
There is no growth without change. ---copied
Okay, only some of you will appreciate this vintage 1960 mobile home video.
Such a time capsule! I love the floor, especially, and the kitchen and I can just picture a young woman in a dress and hostess apron along with her husband entertaining her guests with hors d'oeuvres.
Not crazy about the bathroom sink and counter, but hey.... Otherwise, if I lived there? Everyday I'd feel like I was playing homemaking games and never working.
(Oh, and give the guy a few extra seconds to adjust the light on his camera.) シ
Nine Sneaky Home Hacks. (She has the best ideas!)
And oh! I watched this gal prepare no-cook, summertime meals and became exremely hungry.
What I'm hoping is that, when I get to Heaven, Jesus won't say, "Uhm, Debra? Over your lifetime I sent you $10,000 so to help others, but you only used $2,575. Why was that?"
Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15