It seems that everywhere I turn, people are asking me to give. I get letters in the mail asking me to donate to some cause or charity. Friends are raising money through online funding platforms to pay for their schooling or to go on mission trips. Every Sabbath, an offering plate is passed in front of me or I pass the offering box in the foyer, begging me to put something inside. It's not just money that I am asked to give, however. People ask for my time, my thoughts, my talents. Don't they know that I'm busy trying to live my life? A quote that is attributed to Winston Churchill states, "You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give." Yes, getting money and possessions helps you live; but unless you give to others, you are missing out on the blessing of life.

Jesus said "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again" (Luke 6:38). I know it's easy to be overwhelmed by everything clamoring for us to give, but in the hustle and bustle of life, let's not forget that God asks us to do it and He promises a blessing if we do. But He doesn't want us to give grudgingly. Amy Carmichael, the missionary to India, once said, "You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." The whole law can be summarized with loving God and loving one another. Why don't you start showing your love today? Choose a person or an organization to give to, either with your time or your money, show God's love to them, and expect to be blessed.

Blessed by giving,

Pastor Sutherland

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