Better Together | Through Generosity & Service

“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
‭‭James ‭2:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
In our faith walk, generosity is something that can take time to develop. As we grow, we realize that living out our faith with good works is what God Intends for us. We don’t earn God’s love, but we respond to it by sharing it in tangible ways.
 
When our kids were younger, we wanted them to grow to be generous adults. We are now working on this with our grandson Bellamy. When we gave our kids an allowance, or paid them for doing chores, we put it in jars for them to see. We had four jars each with a specific purpose. One jar was for God -10%; one for long term saving – 20%; one for short term Saving – 30%; and one for spending – 40%. The four saving jars were to remind them to be good stewards and to be generous. Not everything they earned was for them to spend immediately.
 
Each week at church they would empty their jars and take it for the weekly offering. Sometimes Grandma Glady would add more to these jars :). The long-term savings became their college funds that helped out a great deal as they completed high school. The short-term savings were spent on larger goals the kids had for spending. For my son he saved up a skateboard and my daughters, “American Girl” dolls were a big item back then.
 
As they graduated and moved on to adulting, they continued to be good stewards. They all have continued to save, even through college. They all are good at buying what they can afford rather than putting it on credit. They all continue to be generous to a variety of charities. They all continue to serve and share their time to help others. I am not sharing this to claim we were perfect parents or that we have perfect kids. Far from it. Yet I want to encourage parents and grandparents to model good financial planning and generosity. I am challenging our CROSSROADS family to instill similar values in their children, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren. Seeds of generous living reap generations of plentiful harvest. May we continue to listen to the words of James and demonstrate our faith through good deeds. May we continue to share the love of God through generous living and giving.
 

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn