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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
- TITLE: Giving Without Recognition
By LaVonne Wood
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His funeral is tomorrow. It will be held in the city auditorium because they expect most everyone in this town would be there to pay their respects to the man who did so much for our community. Someone thought I should go. Maybe I should, but I did not know the man. Yes, I seen him around town and knew who he was, but I didn't know him personally. Should I go just because he gave money? Should I go to show my thankfulness of all he has done for us? I'm not sure.
Makes me think of my own giving. I do volunteer my time at the local food pantry and I believe most people in town know that. However, most of my giving goes unnoticed by anyone except the one who receives. For example, I like to help people with their taxes. It is something I really enjoy doing and people are so appreciative of the help.
My husband and I were not able to have children, so instead of giving Christmas gifts to each other, many times we would give gifts or money to other families in need. That seemed to give us more pleasure for an otherwise lonely holiday season.
However, most of our giving is on the sly, paying someones grocery bill or water bill without them knowing. Sometimes we will send some money in the mail without a return address. We read in the bible where God rewards those who give in secret, Math. 6:1-4(NIV). We want to be recognized by God for our giving, more than people. Also, I think the Lord looks not on how much you give, but on the heart of your giving.
Not to take away from the wonderful things this man has done in any way. I'm sure his heart was in the right place from what I've heard. Yet, for those of us who have very little to give, I think the Lord honors the giving we do with what we have. Only the Lord knows for sure where my heart is, but I pray He will give me a more generous heart in all my future giving.
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