Sow with generosity to reap generously

Published on Friday, 5 July 2013 23:45 - Written by BY REBECCA HOEFFNER rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Henrietta Grooms has donated to The Salvation Army for more than two decades.

So was she inspired to donate even more when she heard that The Salvation Army had suspended its lunch program.

“Of course,” she said simply. She even chuckled a little at the question, as if to say “Why wouldn’t I? What an odd question.”

The lunch program was brought back this week and with good attitudes like this, it’s no wonder.

Expectations are a funny thing.

You might expect that someone who is already giving to an organization to sit back and say, “I’ve already done my part, let someone else take care of it.” Mrs. Grooms had every right to say that.

“We’re trying to meet a need,” she added.

Her response reminded me of these verses in 2 Corinthians.

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

The interview reminded me to be a little less calculating in my giving. I am one of those people who would say they had done enough. But Scriptures indicate that God loves to bless us when we bless others.

And Christianity isn’t the only faith that indicates this. Ramadan starts next week, and many Muslims believe that God rewards you many times over for the way that you give to others.

One thing is clear: we shouldn’t be afraid to give happily and generously. Hopefully it’s a lesson I will remember.