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Giving is Much More Than Money

written by Jean Daniel

Many years ago upon getting her weekly allowance, a little girl asked her father, “Daddy, how do you tithe a nickel?” She had been taught to tithe her money, but later learned it also meant giving of her time, money and personality. How does that apply to you?

Personality: Does your Christian spirit come across through your smile, your words, your actions to your family or to strangers?  When my children were young, I accidentally recorded our conversation while preparing dinner. Later when playing it back, I was appalled at the manner in which I spoke to my kids. What would God’s recording of your comments and behavior toward others reveal?

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5, NIV

Money: You know that you are supposed to tithe your money, but is it given with a tight fist or an open heart? Teach your children while they are young to tithe their money and they will give with eagerness and serve as an example to adults.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7KJV

Time: We never seem to have enough of it, but God is the one who gave it to us in the first place! Volunteers who give of their time at Southern Hills are a vital part of its ministry. What if we had no parking attendants, greeters, people handing out bulletins, welcome center staff, or workers for landscaping, cleaning facilities, or teaching your children?!? Seriously, would you want to attend a church like that? 

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. – John 9:4NIV

Several years ago I began volunteering on Monday mornings to help clean some of our church facilities. Many other faithful people do this menial task, too. It is not a glamorous job, but it brings me great joy as I spend time talking with God and praying for my church as I push the vacuum cleaner around the building. Some of the volunteers who serve at our church are in their 80’s or in poor health.

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What about you? If you aren’t already, give back some time to God on Sundays or during the week, other than just attending a worship service. There are so many needs. A little of your time will minister to others in ways you may never realize, plus you, too, will find joy in doing so.

Don’t make excuses for not giving of your personality, money and time. God gave it first to you, now give it back.

-Jean Daniel taught school for thirty years and loves worshiping at SoHills with many of her former students. She has been married nineteen years to B. Daniel and is the grandmother of six. Jean loves to read, write, care for her flowers and watch the birds from her back porch.

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