Childlike Generosity

Read: “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NIV)

Reflect: When my son was 3 years old, his children’s ministry was teaching a message of generosity. He was supposed to bring in money to help the children at the Bright Hope School in Uganda. I remember explaining to him how blessed we were and that God has blessed us so we can be blessing to others. He walked into his ministry class with his dollar in his hand ready to be generous. Then he began to cry because that dollar was his and he didn’t want to give it up.

As I reflect on Cannonball, this memory comes to mind because I can find myself feeling the same as my 3-year-old. I can find myself viewing my money, time, and talent as mine, instead of as a gift from God to be shared. Then I ask myself, where would my marriage, my family and my kids be today, if those that came before us chose not to be generous?

My husband and I are excited about this Cannonball commitment because it gives us an opportunity to have childlike faith as opposed to a childlike generosity. It gives us an opportunity to be a part of giving the life change that we were blessed to experience, to others to come. We are jumping in and looking forward to seeing the waves it creates in our church, our community and in our world.

React: Do you have childlike generosity? What step can you take to change that into a childlike faith?

Pray: Lord, thank you for blessing me with all I have. Please help me to have a childlike faith and trust where you are guiding me.