Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cheerfully joyful!

"With each contribution show a cheerful countenance, and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy."
Sirach 35:8
"The Lord loves a cheerful giver!" I remember learning from my youth.  Don't we all? None of us wants to receive a gift from a reluctant, crabby giver, do we? How sad is that? I think this scripture goes beyond our monetary offerings, however.  Our work and our relationships with others are all contributions we offer to God as well. Are we engaging in our work and our relationships cheerfully, with joy? Or are we dragging around, reluctant givers and stingy lovers of each other? Today, many of us return to our work after a nice, long weekend.  Are we approaching that with dread or are we joyfully wondering what God has in store for us today? How can we cheerfully and joyfully bring our contribution to God this day?  Can we bring to our relationships kind smiles and genuine love? What can we do on our post-holiday Tuesday that will give God what God deserves most--our cheerfully and joyfully given contribution to the world!  Lord, let our smiles be genuine and our hearts eager to give to your people today...love, heidi

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