Daily D – Luke 8:18

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Therefore take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.
LUKE 8:18 (CSB)

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“So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.” 
(The Message)

If you need more light for your life, give more light away. 

If you did not grow up attending Sunday School and singing, This Little Light of Mine, I am sorry. Here are the lyrics according to a source I found on the internet:

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood

I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Don’t let Satan blow it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan blow it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan blow it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

This is not merely a Sunday School song. It has found a home in the hearts of prisoners and played role in the civil rights movement of the twentieth century. You can read more in this Wikipedia article: [https://bit.ly/3qJIUrl]

Learning is like earning. The more we learn, the more we have to share. The more we earn, the more we have to share. Knowledge, wisdom, and wonder are to be generously expressed. The ideal is not to become the World’s Foremost Expert in a particular subject, but to become the World’s Foremost Distributor of what we know that may well change someone’s perspective or productivity. 

We are to live generously with everything we receive. 

This past week was pretty miserable for most Texans. The HEB grocery store in Leander was packed with people stocking up on bread, milk, bottled water, toilet paper, and all the other essentials of life. Then the electricity went out. There was a collective groan throughout the store. 

The store manager had a moment to make a big, big decision. He told shoppers to take what they needed. No charge. Here’s what happened next: People began paying it forward. Able-bodied men and women helped those who were physically infirm carry their groceries to their cars across the snow and ice. Shopping carts left in the parking lot were rounded up. People behaved in an orderly and respectful manner. 

I was on my way to lead training for a church staff one morning when I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up some mints and chocolates to put on the tables where participants would sit. Having only a few items, I chose the Self Checkout lane. After I scanned my items and bagged them, I ran my credit card through the machine, and at that precise moment, all of the registers in the store died. 

Again, there was a collective groan from the early-morning shoppers. The manager looked at us and said, “Take your groceries and don’t worry about it.” Each of us protested his largesse. He insisted. I returned to the store later in the day with the empty bags to scan the codes and pay for the items. 

Live generously with your financial capability. Live generously with your knowledge and wisdom. Live generously with everything you have, with all that you are. The Giver of All Good Things wants to make us channels of blessings, not reservoirs of resources. Live in the flow of the Spirit of God. Be in the moment with our gracious and generous God.

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I will live generously.

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Our Father, you are gracious. You give generously without finding fault. Make us more like you in every area of our lives. Amen.

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