Lately, the idea of "giving" has been a major topic on my mind and on my heart. There are so many different ways that we can give and there is really no limit to what we can give. There's no limit, because we serve a limitless God.
It's easy to think that we have nothing to give, but that's just a lie the enemy tells us. The enemy wants us to stop giving, because if we're not giving then the Kingdom isn't growing. The thing that catapults the Kingdom is good stewardship.
Stewardship means something is being taken care of. This concept of stewardship really started with Adam and Eve. God gave them dominion. He trusted that they would take care of His creation and the same idea holds true today. God has placed within each of us the means to be good stewards in this world and He trusts that we will do it.
So maybe you're struggling with this idea of giving right now. Maybe you feel like you don't have anything to give or that what you do have isn't good enough. Well I want to stop you right there. You do have something to give and your gift is valuable. So pick up a pen, grab some paper, and jot down a few notes!
Here are 3 ways that you can give even when you feel like you have NOTHING to give:
Whoa. Did she just say tithe? Yes, I sure did!
Tithing is the number one way that you can give. Your tithe is 10% of your earnings. It's the first fruits. God tells us in Malachi 3 to give this tithe to Him and then He even says to test Him in this area. This is actually the only time God tells us to test Him and He is saying that to prove the importance of tithing.
So say you earn $100. You would then give 10% or $10 as your tithe. You would do this before you pay for anything else... food, bills, clothes, etc. I know it sounds absolutely crazy, but tithing is once again something we can ALL give.
Think about it... you give 10%, but you still have 90%! Plus God blesses you when you are faithful in your giving. It says so in the Bible! Tithing is something that I find to be very important. It takes faith, but it is so worth it to give to God and watch Him work. Giving isn't about us. It's about God in us.
Time is something we can also ALL give. We each have the same 24 hours in a day, but it's what we do with those hours that makes the difference.
We live in a busy world and most people would say they don't have time to give. They don't have time to give someone else a ride. They don't have time to help that homeless man on the corner. They don't have time to volunteer at the shelter. They just don't have time to give. But that's a false belief.
You do have time. You have time to give others. You have time to give a helping hand. You have time to give if you want to make the time to give.
Jesus always found a way to give His time. Even if He had somewhere else to be, He would stop to give His time where it was needed. It's all about perspective. If you want something bad enough, you're going to find a way to do it.
We ALL have a testimony. You may be thinking "I don't", but if you are alive today I promise you have a testimony. Sharing our testimony is a way that we can give to others. We can give the gift of knowledge and the gift of Jesus by sharing what God has done in our lives. Sharing our testimony is probably one of the most powerful ways to give. Our testimony has the potential to change the lives of others just through simply speaking life. We talk to people everyday, so why not give to others in that way too. We ALL have a VOICE and we ALL have something to SHARE. God has placed something unique in each one of us and someone out there in this big world needs to hear it. So give the gift of your testimony.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Next time you start believing that you have nothing to give, remember the God you serve.
We serve the God of abundance, NOT a God of lack. His resources and His supply never run out. We are His children, so in turn that means we ALWAYS have something to give. When we are generous in our giving and not worrying about ourselves so much, we can find true joy. True joy that reminds us that we DO have something. We are not lacking. We are full. We are blessed. We are children of God. And because of that, we have everything.
The holidays are fast approaching, which also means the "giving season" is approaching as well. There will be an immense amount of opportunities for you to test your call to give. I want to share with you a way that you can easily give that you either may not have heard about or possibly just forgot about.
Operation Christmas Child is a project through Samaritan's Purse that helps deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need all around the world. The national collection week is coming up on November 13-20. This means that you can put together your shoebox filled with gifts for a child in need and then drop it off locally this week, so it can be delivered! It's pretty simple.
You can find all the details, such as how to pack your shoebox, gift suggestions for different genders/ages, tracking labels, and a list of drop-off locations HERE. Another cool feature is that you can actually pack a shoebox online! So if you don't have time to get out, shop around, find a shoebox, etc. simply get online and do it all right there! How cool?!
Me and my best friend are actually teaming up to donate a few boxes together. This way we can do something good and encouraging together and hopefully make an even bigger impact. So maybe you and a group of friends can also chip in time and money to give to a child in need. It's not too late!
I hope that this blog post encourages you and I pray that you will always remember that you do have something to give.
We went to the Dollar Tree and Walmart to shop for 6 kiddos! it was actually a lot of fun!
Here are 2 of the boxes. One is for an older girl. One is for an older boy. We decided to do 6 boxes, because that covered each age and gender category.
Oh, and here’s my best friend!