Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
I want to tell you about an experience that happened to me today. Each week I collect meals from local restaurants that are then used by the Cronulla Community Café to feed those who are struggling to make ends meet. These meals have been given by these restaurants, with no asking for any favours in return, no asking for tax receipts, they just give and they give generously. I am blown away each week that these businesses are willing and able to give to us, so that we can give to others in need.
This week while I was doing my rounds of the food pick from the restaurants, I was stopped by a chef, not from any of the restaurants that currently support us. In fact he came running up to me and asked where was the food going that I was collecting, and after I explained what we were doing, he asked how can they be get involved. I had not approached that restaurant ever to ask for their help, but each week they see me walk by with trays of food from the two restaurants around them. What was it that caused them to want to be generous? I do not really know, but I give thanks to God that they want to be generous. And I believe that this is but one of the many ways in which God works to provide for the least in our community.
I want to tell you about another experience that happened this week. I had organized with the local martial arts studio to run a free (well for the price of a tin to go in the Christmas hampers that we give away) family fun martial arts class. In all the tins collected there was a bag of silver coins. This was given by one of the boys that came along; he had donated all of his pocket money, so that others might have something special for Christmas. What causes a young child to want to be generous? I do not really know, but I give thanks to God that they want to be generous. In fact this act of generosity brought a tear to my eye, purely because they gave so generously.
These experiences have caused me to question whether I do live a generous life? Do I sow generously? Do I give with joy in my heart or do I give reluctantly?