by K Neill Foster
for September 14, 2019
|Generous-- All the Time?|
Text: "You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. . . ." 2 Corinthians 9:11a
As I write this piece my Dad is rich in life at 97 years of age, and he's rich in an increasingly larger multi-generational family that is growing up around him. He's sharp "as a tack" too, as they say. But he always has been a generous person. I have never known him to be otherwise. Throughout his long lifetime he has prospered seemingly at every turn. And he was always a "cheerful giver." To my knowledge he never was one to "sow sparingly."
Now I do not write this only to honor someone I love. Generosity in the kingdom of God seems to have its own rewards. He has been a benefactor to a long list of missionaries and pastors, projects and churches. But there are the peripherals, as we say today.
Dad enjoys long life, in part, I believe, because he was and continues to be generous. Works of mercy have been his habit. Acts of giving in themselves release us from the idolatry of money; they cleanse us from the corrosive acid of selfishness-- and they seem, at least in the case of my dad, to grant length of days as well.