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Happy giving and saying “NO.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I love my church, and everyone in it. Church is a place where I learn and grow with some amazing people. It is here that I’ve learned to be a cheerful giver, and how to say “no”. Giving is such an important part of my life, which I consider what and how I will give before I enter Smith Memorial’s front door.
My most thoughtful giving is of my time. I know that before service is over and I head home, I will be presented with between five and ten different giving opportunities of my time and of my money. I try to have my offering check prepared ahead of time, knowing that I can always give more by adding cash if I feel the need to. From painting the church to mission trips to special offerings to people in need, our church is a compassionate, giving group.
It’s the giving of time that is tricky. I am approached to bake for Farmer’s Market, work in the community garden, serve on committees, attend meetings, pack the teen bags, and work in the church office. There are times when subconsciously I felt that if I said “no” to the pastor or church people, I was saying not to God. I had to get over that thinking if I was going to enjoy being a part of a church that reaches out to others.
I had to find my place. I take time to reflect on what is important to me, and how much extra time I want to give to God through my church. I have found the Growth and Evangelism committee to work with, some time teaching Sunday School, and making potholders for the Farmer’s Market to be the say that I give my time. I have said “no” many times, and an occasional “NO!” a few times. I’m confident that I’m not going to hell for the NOs that I say. It is the only way to provide me with the time and energy for the “YES!” that I want to give.

I want to be a cheerful giver. God loves a cheerful giver, but HE will take it from a grouch. Attitude in giving makes a world of difference!
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    Excellent reasons to say no. There are times when it is the best answer for you and others.
    1727 days ago
    Wow. I like that phrase..."The Power of NO!"

    1727 days ago
    i have to learn that word . no . i know that all my grandchildren learned this word early and used it often . wonder how i become that yes girl . have much trouble telling anyone no . why they might not like me . of course we cant have that . if i am not happy cheerful giver i know it is not blessed by god. I find him everywhere . in the smallest request and in the biggest . I wonder when the requests are for way more then i can give . Either in time or money . emoticon
    1728 days ago
  • JOANIE69

    "1 Corinthians 9:25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things."

    "1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything."

    "Phil 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men."

    And of course that familiar verse where "moderation/self-control" is listed as one fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5:23

    Blessings, Joanie
    1728 days ago
    Boy, yours is the 2nd blog I've read about the power of NO and that's a msg. to me too! Just have to prioritize time and efforts so that what I say YES to I can commit to fully and 100%.

    1728 days ago
    "NO" is sometimes a good thing! If you say yes all the time people will get dependent on you. That is not good. They should be as independent as the next, so "no" is sometimes a good thing!
    1728 days ago
    Yes we need balance in life We look after our family Our home Our Job Our giving of money and works Put never forget the time we spend with God each day With reading his ward and talking to him.prayer
    1728 days ago
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