Following God's Example - Part 2

December 11, 2015, 12:00 am


Giving a Financial Gift

I recently had the privilege of watching the play production of Scrooge which was put on by a group of local high school students. The main character is Ebenezer Scrooge, a stingy old man who hated Christmas. In the beginning of the play, Ebenezer was asked by some children to give financially to a worthy cause. He refused to give away any money to them. There were other instances that portrayed how stingy he was with his money. Of course, through a series of encounters, he learns the joy of giving to others.

The Christmas season is a great time to help people who are in need. There are ample opportunities to help others. You may know a family who could use a financial boost this time of year. One of my favorite organizations to give to at Christmas time is the Salvation Army because they are helping people in our local community. They help with food, clothing, housing, and disaster relief. It seems that whenever there is a need, the Salvation Army is there to help.

Giving  a financial donation to a ministry like the Father Fred Foundation can also be a great way to help those in need. Most counties have ministry locations whose purpose is to help individuals and families who are in need. Some of these ministries will even help with things like heating assistance during the cold winter months.

There are also opportunities to help people in foreign countries. Many churches support ministries who help run orphanages to care for homeless children in other countries. I was in a church recently that is supporting an effort to provide safe clean water to people in other countries. What a great cause to invest in financially.

We don’t often think of our giving as being an investment. Think about the return in giving to help others. The money you give could save the life of a child. Your financial gift may provide gifts or food for a family that otherwise would have gone without such things.

The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. God willingly gave His son to us at Christmas. He set an example for us to be givers. Let’s follow His example with our financial giving.

Talk to  you next week.

Tom  

Posted by The Chaplain's Corner at 12:00 am
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