Day 9 ~ Gratitude and Generosity!

Scripture Reading 2 Corinthians 9:6–15

Where gratitude grows, you’ll generally find generosity flourishing as well. Yet, generosity is a most unnatural quality. I mean, here we stand today, in an age as risky, volatile, and dangerous as any other in memory, where conventional wisdom declares this is no time to be loose with our money and other resources.

Yet Paul expressed a surprising lack of concern for economic indicators when he advised the Corinthian church to let generosity be among the most notable expressions of their gratitude. His trust in God’s supply was so strong, he treated as a “given” the fact that the church would “be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (v. 11). “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (v. 8).

In all things. At all times. Even these times. Grateful people are generous people.
What act(s) of generosity might gratitude be motivating you toward today? Ask God for wisdom and faith, and then follow through on the promptings of His Spirit in relation to your giving.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Lord Jesus, show me today how to express my gratitude for You and You goodness through my acts of generosity today. Let me hold loosely to my time, my resources, and my possessions so that I might freely give them to bless others in need. I choose to trust you to supply my every need so that I might meet the needs of others, for Your name and Your glory. Thank You! 

Life Application:

Last year I had the privilege of going to Virgina with my Mother to attend my Niece Elizabeth's birth. Originally, my sister was supposed to go instead of me, but plans didn't work out for that, and so I was unexpectedly taking her place on the trip. At first I was very concerned about the possible problems I would have to face, and since I'd never attended a birth before, I was very nervous about the idea. And to be honset, I was ungrateful that I had to go, and wished that someone else could take my place. But I knew that if God put me into the situation, He had a reason for it, and I wanted to be able to experience everything I could as a result. Long story short, I learned SO many things through the experience of my niece's birth, and I was very grateful for the long term memories I created with my Mother in the process. I learned through this situation, that sometimes when we are stretched beyond what we think we're capable of that is when God is able to show us how much we have to learn and be grateful for. When we are generous with our time and resources for the sake of others, we have a new sense of gratefulness for the sacrifices of others!

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