Day 26 – One of My Own
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more
than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into
full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every
way… 2 Corinthians 9:11, (The Message)
There is a story about two families that were having their children baptized at the same service.
At one point, the mother of one child needed to get something out of her bag, and the grandfather
from the other family offered to hold her baby. As people came to congratulate the family, this
grandfather found himself saying several times, “Oh, this one isn’t mine; I’m just holding him for
a minute.” Monday morning the grandfather visited the pastor at the church and wanted to
change his will to include the church. The pastor was stunned and wondered what brought the
grandfather to this decision. The older man explained, “Yesterday I realized something while I
was holding the other baby. I kept telling people that he wasn’t my child, but then it dawned on
me that he was part of my family, my church family. I’ve been a member of this church for more
than 40 years, and in God’s eyes I’m a grandfather to more than just my own. I’ve taken care of
my own children, but I realized I also need to provide for the children of the church. So I want to
divide my estate to give a part to the church.” Those who practice extravagant generosity have a
God-given vision and faith to plant seeds for trees whose shade they will never see.
– How have those who have come before you in your family, community, and church paved an easier road for you through their generosity?
– How have you paved the road for those who will follow in the faith through your generosity?