Generosity. It comes from the heart and compels us to take action. The more we use it, the greater it becomes to the point where it’s just a lifestyle choice.
For some it’s easy to be generous with others yet they forget to be generous with themselves.
God is so very generous to us—why not follow His example? He has never encouraged us to neglect ourselves. So, what do you need to do for yourself today?
I was reminded to be generous with me today when I found my own 2013 words that showed up in my Facebook memories. A timely reminder as I’ve just returned from serving on a Kairos Prison Ministry retreat weekend at Hernando Correctional in Florida.
After an amazing ministry weekend—waking up with joyful expectation each morning at 4:45 a.m., joining like-minded women on a mission from God—to share the love of Jesus and offer an invitation to forgive themselves and others. Did I sleep? Well, God gave us just enough to fuel our days.
Today, after a good night’s rest in my own bed, I embrace this day slowly, savoring the memories of lives transformed before my eyes. I know that the love and truth we shared with them is a time-released gift. My prayer is they will also remember—not me, not the team, but the Jesus that equipped us to share His love with them. As tired as my body feels today, I remain full to overflowing with His love. Humbled by the privilege to serve those who most have forgotten.
How about you? Will you consider how you might practice generosity for yourself and others? How have you been uniquely equipped and who is to be the recipient of your gifts and talents. Prison ministry is not for everyone, but this I know for sure, someone is waiting for you to show up in the fullness of your calling.
You matter—God said so. Again I ask, how will you be generous with yourself today?
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