Faith Column: Givers and giving
September 26, 2014
I say again that we live in a wonderful, generous community. Love INC's recent fundraising event is an excellent example of that. So many businesses and individuals donated items to our auction. So many people gave their time, like JB and Paula Chapman who cooked the meat, members of the different churches who prepared desserts and side dishes, and board members and others who served and did clean up. Others who donated include Moffat County that lent us tables and chairs, the Boys and Girls Club that let us use their building, the Church of Destiny that moved their worship service so we could use the gymnasium, the churches and businesses that advertised for us like Craig Daily Press, and John Allen and Wayne Davis who played such beautiful music while we enjoyed our meal. Last but not least were the participants who were willing to spend their money on tickets and auction items in order to help Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) raise funds that will go toward enabling us to continue to mobilize churches to provide the help our needy neighbors require.
In pondering all of this generosity, I am led to think about my need to remember the one who provides all, and I give thanks to Him for supplying us with the bounty out of which everyone can contribute. The Apostle Paul said, "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." (2 Cor. 9:11, NIV). We live in a wonderful community full of the riches God has chosen to bestow upon us, but we do have so many neighbors in need. We must give not only of our physical gifts, but also of our God-given time and talents. So I make a plea: do not forget that our needy neighbors require long-lasting, life changing help from us. Together we can free those in bondage from the trap that their poverty-driven life-style has condemned them to live in. Volunteers can make Christ-centered, transforming differences in lives by teaching Love INC budget classes, facilitating in-home Bible studies or giving time at other organizations like the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center that offers classes to parents or Younglife that mentors youth. God's word encourages us to give of our time in these areas as well as giving out of our things: "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ ” (Acts 20:35, NIV).
Join me in remembering to thank God for providing us with all we have and for surrounding us with generous, caring individuals in our wonderful community. This is a beautiful area full of compassionate people who are so willing to share what they have. Let's work together to create a transforming type of giving that will make a lasting impact on the lives of our needy neighbors.