Author: Sarah Rexford
When we think of the word generous what comes to mind?
Maybe the little boy giving his lunch up to Jesus and watching it feed thousands.
Maybe paying for the person behind us in line. (I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a pre-paid cup of coffee once in awhile?)
Or maybe we think of the ultimate act of generosity: God giving Jesus as our sacrifice.
What may not come to mind is the giving of time for others. After all, we can usually work that extra hour to pay for our generous actions…right? But when we give our time…
That’s something we can never get back.
We all have the same
60 seconds in a minute,
60 minutes in an hour,
and 24 hours in a day to use.
But how often do we consciously use those minutes or hours from a spirit of generosity?
Spending actual time on something is difficult, after all…
It’s said that “time is money.” And sometimes it is. But in the same way, in our fast-paced, busy world, sometimes time IS more important than giving money. Giving money to important causes like a nonprofit, a homeless person, etc. are all good things…
But sometimes money keeps our hearts from being involved.
Again, spending actual time on something allows us to get involved at a heart level.
When we spend our time packing hygiene kits to be sent to those in need, we personally handle the items – the toothbrushes…the washcloth…the tube of toothpaste. These are basic necessities to a healthy functioning individual.
And packing them gets our heart involved.
We are no longer separated from the tragedy. We are personally handling the items that will bring help to those directly affected by the tragedy.
This is a blessing.
When we serve humanity, we have the privilege of interacting with one of the core aspects of Jesus’ earthly ministries – service.
It is an honor God chooses to use us.
An honor that we get to serve the people He created.
And it is an honor that we too, are affected in the process…changed to be more like Him!