Reflections on Discovering Joy Through Generosity
When I was asked if I would write a devotional about why I give to Memorial Presbyterian Church, I immediately thought, Of course I will! And then I realized I would need a little bit of time to think of how to explain what is in my heart. To keep it simple, I asked myself two questions.
The first question was, why do I give? That one is easy. I give because it pleases the Lord, and my heart wants to please the Lord. “2Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” During my entire life, whether I was able to give a little, or give a lot, each instance brought me joy in knowing I was doing what I could at that time to help others.
The second question was, why do I give to Memorial Presbyterian Church? Thankfully, that one is easy too. I love MPC. It is my best friend and my family. Whether I am at church on a daily basis, or have been pulled away for any length of time for any number of reasons, I know I am always welcome; big smiles, open arms, and no questions asked other than, “How are you?”
From the moment we walked into the preschool 8 years ago, I knew it was home. The school offered my two girls, and our whole family, a loving and compassionate Christian environment. I saw the school and church offer assistance to families who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to send their children to pre-school. We joined the choir, where my girls could show their love by singing to and for the Lord. I directed Vacation Bible School because I was amazed at the rush of adrenaline I received from all of the people, aged 3-90, giving their time, singing and dancing like nobody’s watching, and supporting local causes like Food 4 Kids.
Memorial Presbyterian Church finds many ways to help our brothers and sisters, both locally and internationally. I know that if I have the resources, MPC will welcome my assistance in its many causes and outreach programs. In addition, if I am in need of help, I feel comfort knowing MPC will be here for me. But I also know that MPC needs me and my support. We are in this together; Memorial Presbyterian Church can’t do it without me.