-Picture is not mine and the article is from Proverbs 31 Ministries
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
I tried my best to smile for the camera in the grocery store. Tears welled up in my eyes and cascaded down my cheeks, dragging my mascara along for the ride. I had one toddler on my hip and a baby on the way, a pressing concern when our only income was from my husband who was paid straight commission. Some weeks he earned money; others brought no paycheck at all.
That day in the store, my budget was so tight my dollars squeaked! As a result, I had to remove a few items from the conveyor belt as I watched the total mount. As I paid for my order, the cashier handed me a scratch-off card from the store’s current promotion. Customers could get money off of their order by matching dollar amounts revealed on the card.
I used a dime to rub away the shiny silver coating, revealing a $10 match! Smiling, I handed the clerk the card and asked for the “can’t afford them” items back. “Sure!” she replied. “Now, do you want to use the remainder of your prize today or on another trip?”
My puzzled look must have clued her in. “What?” I questioned. She then showed me I’d actually won $100! A manager quickly snapped my picture to display alongside the other smiling winners on the store’s wall. Only in my photo, my smile was saturated with grateful mascara-smudged tears.
During those lean days God always took care of us, often through generous people in our lives: groceries left anonymously on our porch, cash in an envelope tucked under our windshield after church, and hand-me-down clothes from an acquaintance who wanted to share her children’s outgrown clothes.
We learned to live frugally during that time, and yet God also challenged us to give. As we did, we found ourselves blessed. Sometimes monetarily. Always spiritually.
Nowadays, although at times our family experiences layoffs due to the nature of my husband’s employment, we are in a place where we can more consistently be the “bless-er” and not just the ones being blessed. What a thrill it is to treat, secretly pay, or stealthily provide as we ourselves become spiritually blessed and ultimately God—the giver of all things—is glorified. As Proverbs 11:25 states, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed” (NLT).
Will you willingly contribute to God’s work and also to others, refreshing them as God also refreshes you? What we have—both our money and possessions—all belongs to God. When we give, we receive. The boomerang of blessing comes right back around.
How might you seek to display generosity toward someone today? You just might make their day. Or perhaps, even make their mascara run.
Dear Lord, teach me to treat all I have as Yours. May I give willingly and cheerfully as I seek to be a blessing to those in my life who might need a helping hand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
~This article touched my heart very much and I hope that it will touch yours too. Oh, how wonderful it is to know that our Lord never forgot us. He provides in His own miraculous ways. I can never fathom how He intricately moves in the lives of His children. Today, I am committed to be generous with my money and my love. Thank you Lord for this article. 🙂