‘Tis the season of giving. Opportunities are everywhere. Bell-ringers at storefronts. Charities year-end needs in your mailbox. Special offerings at your church. ‘Tis the season we can be otherish in our love.
Otherish love is God-powered, self-sacrificing, & other-centered. Otherish love is God’s love. “God so loved the world that he gave his one & only son,” says John 3:16 (italics added).
But with so many choices, what's a person to do? Wouldn't it be nice as a follower of Christ to make Spirit-led choices? Guilty-conscience choices can dominate your mind & rob your joy.
Your time. Your talents. Your treasures. Each of these resources have limits.
How can you make good choices with your resources?
- Know your heart. What are you passionate about? There will be many appeals to you, but which appeal best fits your God honoring, personal passion?
- Know your budget. Have you ever got into financial trouble through giving too much? Not sure? Think back to recall previous January’s credit card bills. Give generously, Brothers & Sisters, but not at the expense of your financial obligations or into debt.
- Know your God. God is a giver. He has blessed you with time, talents, & treasures to give. Ask Him where He would have you give each of them & obey.
- “No” what doesn’t fit. If any request to give doesn’t fit the three “knows” above, then kindly say, “No, thank you,” with no regret. You give as God calls.
I pray that you become more deeply aware of who God has called you to be & how He desires you to serve Him & others.
I pray that you give generously as you share God’s otherish love by word & deed as God calls.
I pray that you know God's abiding joy as you give this Christmas.
God so loved.
So He gave.
You so love.
'Tis the season.