It is one of life’s truest aphorisms. When you give, you receive far more in return.
We are designed with the capacity to share; to look beyond ourselves to those in need and then to do something about what we see. Paul says those characterized by generosity towards others not only invest in the hereafter, they “take hold of the life that is truly life” right now (1 Timothy 6:19 NIV).
Openhanded people know what it means to be “living large.”
It is our responsibility to offer opportunities for you to give to others in ways which bring deep meaning to your life. The holidays provide a special setting for generosity, and I encourage you to participate in BBC’s Christmas Gift Drive. There are three areas of focus in this year’s initiative:
- Operation Christmas Child: Shoebox with gifts for children in underprivileged areas around the world
- Safe Families for Children: Welcome kits for host families temporarily taking in a child for a family in crisis
- Christian Family Care: Unwrapped gifts for foster children
Instructions for each giving opportunity are included on the corresponding commitment cards available at the outreach table in The Hub. All gifts are due no later than Sunday, November 11.
Thank you for being a blessing to others through your generosity. You will be the recipient of much more than you give.
Thank you, as well, for the gift of your ongoing support of Bethany Bible Church. As always, your feedback, questions and concerns are most welcome.