Family Values

Read: “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:13 (NIV)

Reflect: Last summer we participated in a house build in Tijuana with our kids. Our son, who is twelve, is a massive soccer fan and was excited that the family we were building for had a twelve year-old boy who liked soccer too. While they couldn’t talk much, they did have fun playing soccer and juggling together during the build. The final morning, our son came to us and told us he wanted to give away his soccer shoes to his new friend, who had none. We applauded his thought, but told him that giving away his shoes didn’t mean we would drive to the soccer store the next day and buy him new ones. He would have to wait until his birthday or Christmas (months away). He thought it over for a few minutes before deciding that he was willing to make the sacrifice for his new friend.

This act revealed to me the truth behind the statement that “generosity is sacrificing something you love for something you love even more.” I can too often think that generosity is merely giving out of my own comfort, in a way that doesn’t affect my life. But to truly give generously is to make a sacrifice.

Cannonball is exciting for our family because we want to take this next step in sacrificing for God’s kingdom. Giving has been a family value of ours and we know that tithing is not only showing obedience to God’s word, but connects our hearts with our wallet. However, we want to go beyond that and give generously. We want to sacrifice something we love: comfort in our finances, for something we love more: making God-sized waves in our community and around the world. Will you join us?

React: Is your giving a sacrifice? Where are you most excited to make waves?

Pray: Lord, help us to get excited about being generous. May we desire to give up some of our comforts to reach out and help advance your kingdom.