“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (II Corinthians 9: 7)
We all have a divine purpose. We have something significant to give in the greatness of our lives as well as in the day-to-day opportunities. As we recognize this intention, this right desire to share of our love, our goodness, our hope, our strength, we can trust it to lead us in a way that is fruitful.
But if giving seems like a burden or if we feel resentful or merely methodical in what we do, take a pause and reflect. Look again to what that purpose is, whether it is truly from God and therefore right for us. If our heart tells us this is God’s intent, then let that same heart feel the joy in that; let it gain power and energy and satisfaction from the fact of a holy intention, Love’s design to bless others and ourselves as well.
Joy is essential. Don’t let God’s work, your own daily business as you have been led to pursue it, become drudgery, too serious, or wearying. God’s loving purpose for you contains with it a natural enjoyment, uplift, and gratitude. Without recognizing and claiming this cheerful willingness, we lack in sincerity and our work will lack luster, power, and contentment.
Give freely of God’s rich intention. Share of His abundant goodness and rejoice that you are an essential expression of and recipient of God’s loving, purposeful Life.
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