Lent 2019 – Day 11

By on 16/03/2019

A Generous Giver

Saturday 16th March

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. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Imagine you are visiting a friend. As you go to their front door, it opens and there they are smiling at you. You have come over to borrow their wheelbarrow. After greeting each other and sharing how you both are going, the wheelbarrow is handed over with another smile and a “have it for as long as you need.”

Isn’t it pleasant to see a smile on their face instead of a scowl? It makes you feel welcomed, feel loved and appreciated. It makes you feel you have a good relationship with this friend of yours and you would do the same for them.

And so it is with God.

He loves when we give to Him or our fellow man with a smile and not a scowl. With a heart of love, freely given, not expecting any reward.

The thing is, God is so generous that we always get a reward from Him. We cannot out-give God. He is always one up on us. The only way we won’t receive is if we don’t let him because of our pride.

In His Kingdom, if you generously sow whatever it is, you will reap generously but it goes also if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly.

In all of this though, God doesn’t want us to give reluctantly, or compelled to because it’s LENT so we have to. Just decide and then give generously or happily.

So, during this Lenten season whatever you have decided to give – praying more, spending time with God more, reading scripture more, watching my language, holding my tongue, giving up chocolate, whatever it is… do it with a smile not a grimace. Do it with an attitude of happiness and of generosity. With a heart that wants to do it the” best “way for God. For in God’s timing we will be blessed if we delight, enjoy, smile while doing and following the way of the Lord.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Create in me a heart of generosity because you are an extravagantly generous God. May I have an attitude of happiness and smile in my giving because you are waiting to bless me today. Amen.

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.


10 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 11

  1. My youngest son taught me. At 4 years of age before he had even started school he put a couple of coins in the Project Compassion box. He then said a prayer for the person who needed that money. He told me that God would double his money for that person. I loved his reasoning. God more than doubles our generosity. Thank You God.

  2. Lord I want to do my best to share in abondence and give with love
    To do my best to make others happy and smile and lord I will do this with anyone and I will keep doing this to those I don’t k ow and to those I know especially even if it’s not appreciated by my one and only love

  3. Once I lent a book I hadn’t got round to reading myself. The person I lent it to passed it on to her sister who then passed it on to another person. Some time later, I asked the first person for the book and she told me how she’d given it to her sister. I scolded her and then went to great lengths to find the book and eventually got it back. Many years later that book is still sitting on my shelf unread by me. I should have given it cheerfully and not thought about again.
    “Dear Lord help me to give as much as I can cheerfully with a smile never expecting it back or any other reward except for your Love”.

  4. Amen sister. God bless us all. As we go around doing everything let’s be cheerful and work for others.

  5. This sure hits home. I loaned my brother 20K a few years ago. I wanted to help him. He has gotten into debt a few times and didn’t pay anyone back. I thought it’d be different since I’m disabled. Nope, he didn’t pay me back either. We had an agreement that he’d pay me $200 every month. He wouldn’t even send $5 a month. I know the Lord says to forgive, but it makes me so angry that he took advantage of me. I live in assisted-living now, and it is not cheap.

  6. Beautiful Rosemary. Thanks-you for opening my eyes to be giving, loving and kind to all I encounter with a happy heart and a big smile. (No grimace) Blessings to you and Bruce in your beautiful Ministry.

  7. I have had many rewards in my life and Lent is a wonderful time to r3member that so I c@n respond in a generous way. Thank you and bless you and yours.

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