“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 NRSV
It is always better to err on the side of generosity. He who sows generously so that blessings may come to others will also reap generously and be blessed. I love giving unique and memorable gifts that will bring joy to the receiver. I learned this act of generous giving from others.
My mother never visited anyone empty-handed even when she didn’t have much. She always had a gift for everyone in her sphere of influence. We were jaw-dropped at the number of people who shared testimonies of the seeds of goodness she sowed in their lives after God she passed on to glory. I know there is no more generous or more precious gift than the one God freely gave to us. His gift has no strings attached. He is my perfect role model of a generous Giver. He rewards the generous heart.
There is something attractive about those who show kindness to others in their words and actions. They exude love and happiness and are gracious. Generous persons will prosper and be enriched. Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).
2020 has been one of the most challenging years of our lives. As Christmas draws near, it is a good time for us to consider how we can sow generous seeds of goodness in the lives of those God has kept safe and secure in our lives this year.
Planting seeds of kindness transforms lives and relationships. To live generously is a supernatural orientation of our hearts towards other people. We are imitating our generous Father when we live generously sowing the seeds of goodness everywhere He leads us.
Prayer of Response:
“Heavenly Father, we thank You because we know that You leave no one empty-handed. We pray that You will open our eyes to see and our hearts to know the limitless possibilities of how we can be conduits of Your blessings with what You have given us already. We want to imitate Your gracious generosity. Grant us the grace to willingly sow generous seeds of goodness everywhere You lead us. Make us conduits of Your loving kindness so that we can be Your fingers touching lives for good, especially in these challenging times.”
—Submitted by Irene Olumese
Irene is a lung transplant survivor, a bilateral amputee, and a living proof of God’s grace. She is a Faith-Informed Transformational Trauma Coach and the Founder of the Feet of Grace Foundation-a charity organization that raises funds to provide prosthetic rehabilitation to indigene amputees. Irene speaks and writes to inspire hope for those going through life’s adversities. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband, Peter, and their two adult sons.