This time of year there’s a lot of focus on giving. People are drawn to helping others, donating to organizations, and serving in different capacities. It seems like the holidays really focus on this. But if you’re like me, giving happens all year long. I’m a silent giver. People don’t know who I give to, who I have physically helped, or to what level. I’m a private person when it comes to these subjects. So, what happens when your ‘giver’, ‘feels’ given out. What happens when you feel depleted? In all honesty, we are still human and have emotions that can begin to nag on us. Giving in private, undisclosed, means no one knows, and there’s no recognition. Sometimes people take advantage of your giving. It is at this point where you feel exhausted from giving and doing so much. The human part of us begins to wonder if all this giving is worth the exhaustion? We wonder if it really mattered…especially when you don’t receive thanks. But the flip side of that human inward battle is that you give from the goodness of your heart…not for the thanks. These emotions can be especially magnified at this time of year when people are asking more and more out of you. God asks us to be a cheerful giver. He also asked us to give in private. This does not just mean financially, it also means physically. When you dedicate your entire life to helping others, most of it goes unrecognized. This can leave you ‘feeling’ empty at times.
It is at these times when we must pray and trust in God‘s promises. Serving and helping others comes from the depths of your heart. It’s not about how we ‘feel’, it’s about what we are called to do. The reward is greater than any physical recognition this world can offer. As we face the pressure of the end of year giving, remind yourself that God has purposely orchestrated this into His plan. God wants us to think of others. Our needs will be provided when we focus on helping others more than when we focus on self. If you feel empty and depleted from all the things you’re doing for others, drop to your knees and ask God for his help. Ask God to remind you of the sacrifice of His Son. God gave the ultimate gift to us. God gave us His Son Jesus. God gave us a way to eternity. God gave us a way to forgiveness. God gave us a way to peace, love, and joy. Focus on helping others in your life. Give more than you think you have. In doing so, you will have great satisfaction. When you look back, you will recognize the rewards.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” LUKE 6:38
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7
God is with us.
© Layla Freeman 2017
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