They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share — 1 Timothy 6:18
Adapted from the resource Love Out Loud Devotional – by Joyce Meyer
Our ministry has taken various people on mission trips to minister to desperately needy people, but they don’t all respond the same way. Everyone feels compassion, but some individuals become quite determined to find ways to make a difference.
Indifference makes an excuse, but love finds a way. Everyone can do something!
I remember a woman who decided she had to help in some way. For a while she couldn’t figure out what to do because she had no extra money to contribute and she couldn’t go live on the mission field.
But as she continued to pray about the situation, God encouraged her to look at what she had, not at what she did not have. She realized she was very good at baking cakes, pies and cookies.
So, she asked her pastor if she could bake during the week, and offer her baked goods for sale on Sundays after church as long as the money went to missions. This became a way for her and other church members to be involved in missions, and it kept her active doing something to help someone else.
Another woman is a massage therapist, and she organized a special spa day and donated all the proceeds to help poor people. She raised one-thousand dollars for missions and also testified that the day of giving was life changing for her, those who worked with her, and those who attended.
We all need to be loved, but I believe our personal joy is strongly connected to loving others. Something beautiful happens in our hearts when we give.
Prayer Starter: Lord, help me to not only feel compassion, but to find creative ways to express my love for others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.