BY THE REV. DAVID MERRITT |
Often used as an expression of what something might cost, I’ve learned to appreciate this expression as a way to think about giving of one’s self. The way in which we give, from the least of our possessions to the most elaborate gift of stewardship, really is about looking at life differently. When we learn to live as we give and give as we live, we adopt a different approach to our giving.
Like a prayer offered as we walk along a mountain trail, giving as we live out each moment of our life is a wonderful way to be a good steward in life. Daily opportunities afford us an option in following the Spirit of giving: a chance encounter with a stranger seeking a helping hand, a can of food for a food pantry, several hours volunteering at a domestic violence program, making a gift to a camping ministry.
What might seem next to nothing in our eyes could be the gift needed especially during these trying times in our world. It is not our task to always choose the “right time and the right place” for every gift given. If we remain open, living as we are giving, God uses our daily encounters to offer our best in each situation. And with time, these encounters become part of lifestyle as believers…a “God-moment” if you will, where the Spirit intercedes.
If the way seems hard now then you are not alone, friend travelers. Giving as we are living allows us to place our energies into acts of kindness, generosity, and personal joy. As those who follow Christ, our lives are not our own. We are the way in which others see Jesus in our world. May your way forward be filled with the refreshing and renewing opportunities to live as you give (and give as you live)!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1: 2-4
About the Author
The Rev. David Merritt is a retired Pastor, former Dean, Outreach Director, and Chaplain, but he’s “papa” according to his grandkids. David loves God, Laurel Ridge, and his family. He has enough sense to get out of the rain but prefers raindrops anyway.