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!