Today was my day to give a bible reading. I chose a passage from 2 Corinthians, chapter 9, verses 6 and 7. I really like the message of this part. Recently my grandmother is not feeling well, so after I read this to you all this morning, I called her in Canada and read it to her as well. Maybe there is someone special in your life you want to read it to. Feel free to share, give it cheerfully.
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
“A cheerful giver.” What a great phrase. In this passage, Paul is talking about giving your offering of money at church.
When I was a boy in Canada, I went to church every Sunday. I had to go, my grandfather was the minister! At one point in the service, everyone would be singing a song, and the collection plates would pass through the congregation. People put their offering of money into the plate and passed it on. Nobody saw how much you put in. It was between you and God. You decided it in your heart.
In your daily life, you don’t give money at church. However, there are other gifts you give. Being a good friend, greeting people at school everyday, and giving a helping hand in the classroom or at home are all very important gifts.
So I encourage you all to give these things with your heart. Don’t wait to be asked, help someone when your heart tells you to. If you do so, you will both feel lifted up. The way to surround yourself with happiness is to be a “cheerful giver”.