What An Abundance!

Wednesday, December 22, 1999

   Command them [the rich] to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
    -- 1Timothy 6:18, New International Version

   Generosity is such a wonderful thing.  Not just to those on the receiving end, but also to those who are on the giving end.  Those of us who can read this devotional on a computer via e-mail are rich by the world's standards. So this passage on being generous with our blessings is especially applicable.  Let this giving time of the year be God's opportunity to reawaken in us the need to be generous with our time, energy, and monetary blessings year round.

   O loving God, you have been so generous with me and blessed me with so many incredible blessings.  Thank you! Stir in my heart an awareness of the joy of giving.  Make my heart more like your own, generous and gracious. Break down the anxiety and miserliness that sometimes clouds my vision and keeps me from sharing my time, money, energy, and love as I should.  Thank you for showing me how to be generous in Jesus.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord. Amen.