Written by Emma
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
It’s not always easy to give. Sometimes we find the easiest, less difficult, less time consuming or laziest way of giving gives us the self-satisfaction that we’ve done our part. This isn’t me saying people aren’t doing enough or you have to do more to the point of exhaustion. I think sometimes giving means you’ve been studying so hard for your exams, you’re stressed out of your mind and you just can’t do anything and then your mate comes along and is just ranting away… I mean really dude I’m stressed out right now. Thing is this is when you can give, you can give your time and your listening ear to your friend. Something as small as listening can make such a big difference to someone, you don’t want to do it cheerfully but put your heart into it, it’s tricky but you are giving that person exactly what they need, which is an opportunity to rant. Sometimes the smallest things can really make the biggest difference.
What can you take away from this? Firstly look for those missed opportunities and find it in yourself to be kind and give whatever you can. Secondly pray about whatever the person is ranting about as God listens (even to ranting). Finally, there are lots of ways you can give whether it be listening to someone or volunteering to do something or just asking to help with something at Church if you feel drawn to it, go for it!