This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church.
Our church is undertaking a study of generosity. We are learning that being generous is not necessarily confined to money. One of the best examples of generosity can be found in the Book of Luke in the 10th chapter beginning with verse 30 through 37. When you read these verses you will see that generosity began with the Samaritan’s eyes. He saw the need of the man by the roadside. He took pity on him. The Samaritan’s next act of generosity was ministering to the wounded man. The Samaritan then gave up his ride by putting the wounded man on his donkey and taking him to an inn. There the Samaritan cared for the man. When the Samaritan had to be on his way, he gave the innkeeper money to continue the care of the wounded man, promising when he returned to pay for any other expense the innkeeper would incur in caring for his charge. Who can deny that this Samaritan was generous in every way?
This is an excellent example for us to follow. We may never have the opportunity to help as this Samaritan did, but we surely will have many opportunities to be generous. A need that we might offer could be as simple as a smile and a greeting to someone we know who is going through a tough time. We can be generous with our friendliness, our concern and especially with our prayers.
If we know someone who is having a bad day, be generous with a “Hello. How are you today?” That question may make all the difference in how the rest of their day goes because it shows that someone cares. It doesn’t cost anything to smile. And besides, we will use fewer muscles with a smile than with a frown. That smile can make us feel better also. Try it! You’ll like it!