Loving Others Well Through Simple Acts Of Generosity | Truly Guest Post
I’m honored to have my article “Loving Others Well Through Simple Acts of Generosity” included on the Truly blog. It was written for anyone who has ever felt too busy or overwhelmed to commit to loving others. Enjoy a preview below and be sure to read the full piece here.
An email landed in my inbox with a simple request to provide a meal to a family in need. My instant reaction: “I am too overwhelmed to add another task to my plate.” So I did nothing. My decision didn’t sit well as the days went by. I know the relief those meals would’ve provided, yet I opted not to help.
Have you been in those shoes? Too busy or overwhelmed to commit to loving others? Full of the desire to help, but swift to conclude a lack of capacity, only to be left with the ache of a missed opportunity? Life sometimes gets in the way of our best intentions to serve others. We often think, “How can I pour into others when I don’t have time to pour into myself?” After all, what good will come from an empty well?”
Scripture challenges us here. Paul told us to display the humility of Christ in Philippians 2:3–4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” These words convict and challenge my heart to give generously. “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). But when I am pressed on all sides, giving is the last thing on my mind. Giving requires sacrifice—a willingness to pour out of one’s self to fill another’s needs.
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