I am a young man. I have 4 kids. I’ve been married almost 15 years. I worked for the local Church for 17 years. Now I work on my own and am building an organization from scratch. All that to say, I have a bit of life under my belt.
And, in 3.5 years I’ll be 40. I’ve actually been thinking about that a lot lately. I feel like my 20’s zipped by and my 30’s have been hard. Don’t get me wrong, I am a blessed man. But, there has been a fair share of pain, loneliness, grief, hurt and sadness.
In the midst of all that. God is Faithful. His love is amazing in my life and I feel overwhelmed by how He has blessed me with family, friends and my needs.
Here’s a reality that I’ve been thinking about lately…
I’d rather Give than Get
Don’t get me wrong. It’s humbling and awesome to get. My two love languages are: Gifts, Encouraging Words and Time. Hah. But, I do like to receive gifts. I have some of my favorite gifts hanging above my desk.
But, in my short life I’ve found it is so much fun to give. It never ceases to amaze me how much life comes from giving. Giving in secret, giving in the open and getting others together to give. It doesn’t matter. Giving is great for your soul. Giving is great for your heart.
I love that God hard-wired our DNA to be givers. Sometimes though our wiring gets messed up and we need to tweak or ask for God’s help to get it straight. But, when we do, it’s amazing.
Giving pleases the very heart of our Almighty Father.
Giving touches the souls of those who receive.
Giving teaches humility.
Giving makes our Life’s Story Great.
A few simple ways to Give
1. Send a Thank You card. Not a text. Not an email or Facebook message, but an actual hand written card. You would be surprised how much these mean to people. And, don’t just write thank you. Think through something your thankful for and tell the person in writing.
AND…if they’ve helped you or given you something. Re-Thank them months later. Remind them how much it meant to you.
2. Remember details. Take mental notes about the people you care for when you’re talking with them or reading their Facebook. Then, ask them how they’re doing. Facebook can give us the feeling that we don’t need to catch up with people. That’s not right. Ask them about their day, their job, their relationships and their heart!
3. Buy someone’s lunch. You’d be surprised how much this means to someone. Please consider doing this is if you’re a leader, or you lead volunteers. It’s a simple and easy way to honor the people you lead.
There are so many other ways to Give.