Great-Full Giving

The secret of following God’s will – I discovered – usually is wrapped up in rejecting the good for God’s best.”  K.P. Yohannan Revolution in World Missions.

A few years back, I helped with vacation bible school at a church I attended. Teaching children about Jesus is a joy. They see things and know things that we as adults must have forgotten along the way. Like that Jesus’ word is the absolute truth because – well – He said so.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV)

In one of the sessions, we learned about sacrifice, and what true sacrifice is. We sang a new song about Jesus’ dying on the cross for us and what it meant. It was beautiful to see all these little hands pressed up toward heaven. God is good.

In a demonstration on sacrifice, two younger vbs-ers were each given one dollar. They were told that if one sacrificed their dollar to the other person, then the person with $2 could exchange it for $5. Quite a nice exchange rate if you ask me.

Neither child gave up their dollar.

They both figured it was better to have $1 than for someone else to have $5.

Awwwww, the joys of a giving heart.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)

Little did they know, that if one had sacrificed his dollar for the other’s benefit, they both would have received $5 each!

I haven’t seen so much back peddling in my life. LOL

But, it was too late. The decision had been made.

Let’s look again at Luke 6:38:

Give, and it will be given to you.

Remember when I said that God’s word is truth. Simple as that. He doesn’t just stop here. Jesus goes on to tell you exactly how much you will get for your giving. God doesn’t leave anything to chance, and He certainly doesn’t leave us confused and bewildered.

According to Jesus, what you give you will get back:

A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.

Poured into your lap! Imagine it! EVERYTHING you give will be given back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, (and) will be poured into your lap!

Now, did Jesus ever mention the word money? Does he specifically say “Now, this is for your tithe only or when a missionary comes to church. Don’t worry about giving anything else.”

Ummmmmm, no.

So what if I give kindness? Joy? Light? Peace? And, if I give my bad attitude…well…

For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Ever meet those people who complain and complain about how miserable/awful/horrible their life is? Have you ever watched to see what they are giving out?

How willing are you to give?

Jesus also said,

40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.~ Matthew 5:40-42 (NIV)

I have to learn this, too. We were all born into sin. That is why we need Jesus. We were all born into selfishness, otherwise “no” and “mine” wouldn’t be every toddler’s favorite words.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts and devote our lives to His purpose, He will change us to make us more like Him. The Holy Spirit will show us right from wrong. We only have to listen. And, obey.

Heavenly Father, will you create in me a clean heart today, a giving heart that is straight from your Word. May you breathe into me new life to serve you, and may I walk in your path and your ways. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Do What It Says – My Problem With People in Authority

I realized this week that I have a problem with people in authority.

I don’t like being told what to do. I like the freedom of working and doing what I choose and be paid for it but on my terms with my abilities and my skills without having any one hovering looking over my shoulder to peer into my world to fact check and verify what I’m up to.

Woo. That was a long sentence!

I never realized it so deeply as I have this week. It came up for me so much that I’ve noticed it as a detriment to my character. It’s not a good thing to want so much freedom and independence that I can’t play well with others, and I can’t be a part of a team.

I crave a certain kind of life and to be the person that God Himself created me to be. If I can’t play well with others and don’t respect their opinions, that’s not showing the love of Christ that he proclaimed so profusely in His word. I want to be as Christ, however my human flesh prevents me from going any further in this walk right now.

But, that ends tonight. I want all that Christ has for me with no settling and no limitations. I want it all, Dad. So tonight I cry out to You in hope laying all of my dreams out on the table.

I will read your word and do your word like the world’s greatest instruction booklet. Teach me how to live, Father. I want to do Your will.

Amen.

Trust and Acorns – Thinking big even when your dreams seem small.

Hey, beautiful soul!

I have a story to share with you. It’s a story about a mother, a daughter,  some trust and a thousand acorns.  Here goes…

When I told my daughter that this acorn would grow into a mighty oak tree like the ones we were surrounded by, she didn’t believe me. I guess it’s hard to believe that something so small could grow into something so massive; so overwhelming.  

As the ground was littered with “oak tree seeds” as we called them, all she wanted to do was squish them with her boots because she liked the sound so much.

It opened up a beautiful conversation about life, conservation and understanding that even the smallest things matter. And, sometimes they grow into something we can’t even imagine. 

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I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:16‭-‬21 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.3.16-21.NIV

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May your small things become giants and your dreams become realities. 

~Chelle
Dawn Michelle Michals

How’s Life?

So, for this week I’ve been in bed resting a lot because I haven’t felt good, my allergies are chaos exemplified, and I just don’t have it in me to get up and do a whole lot.

But, I wanted to reach out to you to see how you are because so many times people ask you how you are only to be able to tell you how they are.

So, today let me know how you are. Are you rocking 2020? Are you telling your New Year’s resolutions, “I got this!” and there’s no stopping you?

Or, are you like me, and we have a little setback, but that’s not going to detour us for having the best year we can have?

Let me know! I’m going back to watching YouTube videos and drinking OJ and hot tea.

And, maybe do a little writing, too. 😉

God bless!

~Chelle