Love God and your neighbor

Love God and your neighbor

Today, we live in a time and culture that teaches us to consume and to receive all that we can (career, house, cars, money, relationships) as quickly as we possibly can.


Is it not surprising then why fewer of our youth and next generation are learning and teaching the eternally rewarding principles of giving?

I’m so often inspired by people who live their lives dedicated to giving of themselves.  It’s not simply about their giving money and time.  It’s truly giving their all selflessly.  As I reflect on a few examples of selfless givers around me, it comes clear to me that these individuals rarely ever are the ones that cry out for what they wish they had more of or call attention to their actions for recognition or fame.  Most go unnoticed.


It’s not so surprising when I read the bible and understand that these individuals are simply mirrors of the perfect example set by Jesus, who taught by living a life of humility and giving.


My dad’s a great example of a lifelong student and teacher of the art of giving.  For those of you that know my dad, Karl I. Hart, he’s the kind of person from as far back as I can remember that has given his all.  He’s a cheerful, selfless, generous giver, who gives without any ulterior motives.  Again, he fulfills the thought I expressed above, as his giving is not just money and not just time.  He gives his all until there’s no more to give!  He gives with passion and love and care.  He given to thousands in serious need and not just through an organization or church; he’s given directly to those persons in need.  He’s a history changer, who has changed real lives for the better.


What’s important to know, is that God blesses him and replenishes him each and every day in amazing ways that allows my dad to continue to give and fulfills his life’s desire to serve.   What amazes me is that despite his lifelong sacrifice of giving, few will ever know of the changes he’s made in so many lives.  Obviously, he’s not financially wealthy and there are many things he’d like to enjoy in life I’m sure, but God has provided for his every need and his eternal riches are in heaven awaiting him someday.


2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT) Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop.  But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.  You must each decide in your heart how much to give.  And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.  “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need.  Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.


As you go about your goals and plans in life, be certain to note that Real Living Is About Giving (Quote taken from Pastor Dale O’Shields of Church of the Redeemer).  Make a commitment to share your blessings with others in need, and I guarantee that you will be rewarded beyond what you could ever quantify.


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