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Friday, April 15, 2016

Be Generous with Joy in the Lord

Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  Generously share some with others!

                We’ve talked a lot about choices this week:

  •    choosing to practice joy in the midst of trying circumstances,

  • choosing to allow God to cleanse your heart,

  • choosing an attitude like Jesus,
  • choosing to make each day count for Him.

                Today I’d like to encourage you to choose to be generous…and I’m not just talking about financially!  "True generosity isn’t a function of income—it begins with the heart.  It’s about serving others and looking for ways to add value to them.  That’s the way to achieve significance in your life."  (John Maxwell in Making Today Count).
            Matthew 6:21 tells us: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Where is your treasure?  Is it in your bank account, your material possessions, or is it in your relationship with God?  He tells us that we are to love Him with our whole heart and that we are to love OTHERS as ourselves! That means helping them, giving to them when they need help. 

        Andrew Carnegie was one of the wealthiest men in history. He earned most of his fortune in the steel industry but he didn’t keep his money for himself. Carnegie gave away most of it to establish many libraries, schools, and universities.  He is quoted to have said: “No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.”

                We can enrich people’s lives in many ways…and most often, people value our time and attention more than our money!  Often, we are tempted to live for ourselves.  But here’s a warning: A selfish life is NOT a JOYful life!  

               Choose to be generous and share lots of genuine joy with others.

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