Exactly what is generous living? It’s hard to describe but I certainly know it when I see it. I saw a beautiful picture of it recently.
Several years ago, a family we know was under severe stress from chronic medical challenges their child was experiencing. Friends of theirs knew it and wanted to help. However, they lived several states away and couldn’t physically run errands, watch the child, or clean their house. So they sent the family money with a note that said, “We love you. We believe God will care for you. We’re here to walk through this journey with you.” The money was a meaningful amount from the friends’ perspective even though it was a drop in the bucket compared to the medical bills and expenses.
Fast forward to the past few months. The friends who gave the money have been experiencing stress from unemployment. The other day, an envelope arrived with a card. In it, they found a check from the family with medical challenges in the exact amount they had given several years ago. A significant and meaningful gesture! It said, “We love you. We believe God will care for you. We’re here to walk through this journey with you.”
What an image of generous living! These two families weren’t concerned whether they would receive a tax deduction for their donation or whether the gift counted towards their church offering. They simply were investing in each other, sharing life’s joys and challenges, willing to do whatever they could to serve and love.
It reminded me of the Bible words from 2 Corinthians 8, “At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need.” I like to call it “full circle love.”
Are you investing in someone this way?
[Photo by D Sharon Pruitt, licensed under Creative Commons]