Today’s Word: ‘SPIRIT’ as in… a generous spirit creates a generous community.
Just a couple of years ago near the end of a long week of partnering with Feed My Starving Children and packing meals for hungry kids around the world, an extravagantly generous spirit created a generous community. The last shift had ended, the goal had been met, and the volunteers were tired. All that remained was the work of cleaning up and resetting the sanctuary so that life could go on as usual in that packing space.
But something very unusual was about to take place.
A local business – you could call it a fast food chain with a heart and a flare for doing things without hamburger showed up with a couple thousand sandwiches for those very thankful and hungry volunteers. Because this certain business has a commitment to the communities they serve as well as a commitment to giving their employees Sunday’s off, they decided to illustrate what it looks like to be a generous community. So they just showed up and handed out food to those who had taken part in the meal pack.
It was a powerful moment of generosity.
This raises a few good questions.
How can we continue to partner with the communities around us to bring hope and wholeness to the lives of those in need?
What would it take for others to recall such ancient words as these about the communities we represent:
“The whole [faith community] was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything.”
Maybe this is the best and most pressing question:
“How on earth can we share everything?”
Just one more way that the power of a generous act creates something deeply transformational in people’s lives.