Heal the sick, raise the dead to life again, heal those who have skin diseases, and force demons out of people. I give you these powers freely, so help other people freely. Matthew 10:8
When I think of my Grandmother Hobbs, affectionately known to everyone as Granny Hobbs, I think of the widow who gave just one mite. If you recall Jesus said she gave the most because she gave all she possessed. Granny Hobbs is one of the most generous people I know. She is always thinking of little things to give, especially to children. She has never had much, but gives everything she has. It is her greatest joy to give to others.
When you realize everything in life is a gift from God, it makes it a joy to share it with others. If you have not yet discovered, there is a greater joy in giving than receiving. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t give what you don’t have and I love to receive. However, that joy becomes exponential when you share what you have with others.
The reason for this greater joy is found in God’s heart. Love’s greatest expression is in sharing with others what you value most. Valuing people over things makes sharing things so much greater. Everything is better when shared.
God the Father shared the most valuable thing He possessed with us, His precious Son – Jesus. In Acts 20:35 Jesus says “It’s more blessed to give than receive”, something He learned from His Father. I want to be like my Granny Hobbs, who also showed my father, that it is much better to give.
Today, look for opportunities to give. Don’t focus on what you have, because you will never think its enough. God has given each of us enough. If you open your eyes as you go through your day, you will find God has graced you with enough and the opportunity to share. Many times the gifts we want to give are not what we need to give. Even the widow’s mite was enough. Sometimes the smallest thing is the greatest gift. Today, discover the great joy of giving.
Suggested Longer Reading: Acts 20:35
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