Over the last several weeks the pastor at the church I attend (Twin Lakes in Aptos, California), has focused on the topic of generosity–which seems to be a natural extension of gratitude. The more we give thanks the more we see we have to be thankful for, and hopefully that perspective will lead to a growing spirit of generosity.
He reminded us not to assume that he was talking about money–though certainly being generous with our income (which is actually God’s) is a worthy action. But there are so many ways any one of us can give generously on a daily basis:
A word of kindness
A listening ear
An invitation to something fun
and so much more. I’m reminded of that spirit often so evident in children. Recently I attended a community outreach project at a local Christian school where middle grade students had put their feet to the ground as they ministered to various organizations in our community and then reported on them with photos, videos, oral presentations and three-fold posters that displayed their efforts–from feeding the homeless to cleaning up the beach to making surprise gift bags for kids in a cancer ward, to serving homemade cookies to senior citizens in retirement homes, to cleaning up graffiti on public and private buildings–and so much more.
I came home feeling inspired by our youth–our future adults who I hope will carry on this important service when they enter the workforce some day. More than ever our world craves young people who look for a need and then meet it with a generous and loving spirit. Last week they were an example to me and I was inspired.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)