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This is the season that we delight in giving gifts to our friends and loved ones. However, giving should be a way of life throughout the year and not just during the holidays. In the world in which we live, humanity depends on one another for life. No one lives in isolation because we are all dependents. Every living creature depends on something to sustain it whether it is food, shelter, or the environment.

In the book of Corinthians, Apostle Paul said, “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.” The Lord encouraged his followers to give generously to anyone who asks and without expectation of repayment.

When we give to others, we are sowing seeds of faith, love and kindness. The Bible says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Volunteering is a way to give that can be very rewarding. I’ve personally found much gratification working with nonprofit organizations and helping others. Some of the organizations I have been proud to support provide safe housing for the homeless, job training and rescue from substance abuse.  The ministries of these important organizations would not be possible without donors who honor God with their gifts of time and money.

Our generosity to those in need is met with divine blessings as God promises to reward those who extend compassion to those less fortunate.  The Bible teaches that giving is a way to store up treasures or to sow seeds of abundance that will blossom and be ours to enjoy forever. Giving has brought me much joy in my lifetime. It also has helped me to fight off unhealthy attachments to worldly things and to engage more deeply in God’s priorities.

As we approach this season of giving, consider giving to a charitable organization.  You will be rewarded. The Bible says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will be returned to you in full. Pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over.”

Christmas is a joyous time to give and set an example. It’s a time to celebrate the greatest gift given to us and celebrate with each other. Most of all, it’s a time to embrace the gift of giving. So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Dr. Walter Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net