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.