Today’s Theme: Measure out Goodness
Today’s Dare: Dare to be Generous in Love and Practical Kindness ( page 205)
“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Yesterday I had two radio interviews about the Faith Dare. And, in both I was asked which dare is my favorite, or which dare was the most important. I honestly did not know how to answer those questions because, as I am doing the pages each day, I am convicted, encouraged and ministered to each and every day.
But, the foundationally important one that all others rest upon might be, Dare to Live as His. And, today’s goes with that as well. When recognizing and remembering we are His, we really do live differently or at least think twice before doing the thing that is not pleasing to God. We have a different focus and a renewed purpose. It’s easy to forget that we are His though and just go flitting about our business as usual.
Today’s dare is for those of us, who are His…and it gives instruction for living. We are to give to others from the resource of who we are as His. We are to be kind as God is kind towards us, forgiving in the same way, loving as the love of God has been poured and lavished on us. Give, Give, Give. These were the words of Jesus Christ, so we better pay attention.
When was the last time you gave? Wow, just last week, a friend was an example of this. She gave and gave…took my shoes to be stretched before my son’s wedding, picked up my dress at the alteration shop, picked up last minute things for the rehersal dinner. She gave and gave some more. God is going to pour back onto her.
Then there was a friend who drove up from Bakersfield ( 4.5 hours) and spent several days putting together the flower arrangements for the reception. She worked alone, tirelessly, and put together award winning looking flowers, out of a heart of love. She gave. God is going to bless her, I just know it.
As if that were not enough, there were friends who ironed the table cloths, took pictures galore, prayed for me and my kids, visited my sister in the hospital because I was busy rushing about. They gave…and gave….and did the Jesus thing.
What about us today? What can we give today?
I am spending the day sitting at a computer writing. It just feels like work, but this morning I realize that I am giving of myself, my time…to give to others later….a resource to help them on their journey of growth. I am giving. That flips my attitude.
Today, give and give some more. Thank God that you have opportunity to give. Trust Him that is from Him, you will receive reward.
He is daring me…and I dare you!
Living up, Loving up, and Giving,