Have you noticed that every school, every church, every activity your kids are involved in, and every non-profit want something from you? The more involved you are, the more pressure there is to give, give, give. They all want your time, your talent and your treasure.

I believe in seasons. There are some seasons in life when we can give money, and some when we can’t. Sometimes what we have to give is time, and sometimes the only thing we can give is a few kind words. Sometimes we are the ones who need to receive the time, talent, and treasure from others. Receiving is humbling.

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But receiving makes you appreciate how important it is to give what you can, when you can. You understand that every little gift helps. When you are on the receiving end of someone else’s kindness, what might seem small to the giver can be huge to you.

When I was a stay-at-home mom with three young kids, one of my neighbors called out of the blue and offered to watch all three of my kids for an afternoon in December so I could take care of some Christmas preparations. I don’t think she had any idea how stressed out I was, or how much I needed that help at that moment. I could never have afforded a babysitter for that time. God’s hand was in it, I’m sure. The gift itself and the timing were exactly what I needed. It was one of the kindest things anyone had ever done for me and I will never forget it.

I wasn’t in a season to be able to return her kindness; all I could do was say thank you. But she showed me the kind of person I want to be, and helped me see that small gifts of time, talent, or treasure, can be big gifts in disguise.

When I’m asked for more and more and more, I try to remind myself that I can’t give everything all the time. But if my kind words, my small windows of time, my donations of clothes, a trickle of funds, or even a few inches of my hair can make one person feel the way I did that December afternoon, it’s worth it. It’s never too small a gift.

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2 Responses to Seasons of Giving

  1. Thanks for coming to my blog and commenting on my first giving post and linking me back to this one! I like your focus on how nothing is “too small” to be worth doing. Do you know the story of the old man and the starfish? The old man was throwing them back into the ocean one at a time. A little boy asked him about it…as a bunch had washed up on the beach, as far as the eye could see.
    The little boy said something about how the old man couldn’t make a difference because of how many there were that needed help.
    The old man threw back in one more starfish and said “It made a difference to that one.”

    That is how I have to look at it…I want to save the world but can’t. But I can make a difference in THAT one person’s world or life. :)

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