By Sis. Kimberly Clark
Embracing the holiday season comes with what also should be food for the soul! You feed your soul when you do well unto others and be mindful about the true meaning of giving–unconditional and without a need for return. Just as we know that God loves a cheerful giver, there is yet and still an art to it.
Below is an in-depth view behind the Art of Giving:
G: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
I: Its not about “I.” Giving is a selfless act and should never be reference back to “this is what I did.” Completely take the ‘I’ out of the equation and follow the principles of God. No need to announce it with trumpets, letting your left hand know what the right hand is doing. Our Father which art in heaven sees all and what is done in secret and therefore will be rewarded to you.
V: Value. The value of giving doesn’t necessarily mean dollars & cents. The unconditional gesture of giving could represent many options that far exceed a monetary value. The value you share could be in time, a listening ear, dedicating yourself to giving comfort, becoming a big brother or sister, sharing your gifts & talents with a non-profit organization, and the best of all…LOVE. A moment, hour, even a day of your time is most certainly valuable to you. However, giving it to those who may be in need is not only priceless to them, but God as well.
I: Inspiration. I pray that this message will inspire you to make a change in your life & others by giving. As you get ready to sit down for Christmas dinner with your family, share the message of giving. Then, going around the table, ask each family member to express one thing they’ll do to make a conscious effort in giving, whether it’s before December 31 or in the new year. Remember, it doesn’t need to be monetary.
N: Nurture. The hustle & bustle of the world can take a toll on you. Keep in mind that you never know what others are dealing with. We tend to show up and show out for our careers, but often treat family, friends and loved ones as secondary. The meaning of Christmas is said to be the spirit of giving. God gave us the ultimate gift. He died on the cross to redeem us from our sins. Are you giving your all to please God? You would be very surprised that most of us just want a little time. Don’t take others for granted, thinking they will always be there.
G: “Generously, remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 Learn the true principles behind the meaning of Christmas, before the world became commercialized our ancestors gave from the core of their heart. The next time you give ask yourself, am I giving for the right reasons or am I expecting something larger in return? Give from the spirit within you. That is the golden ticket to share generously this Christmas.