I’ve been around giving most of my life and maybe you have too. Giving your time, money, heart, a listening ear, encouragement, gifts and more. While the concept of giving has remained the same for me, the meaning and purpose behind it has changed over the years, especially in our wait.
Did you know one synonym for giving is open-handed? I like visuals and that right there is some powerful imagery. When we are open-handed we are better equipped to give to others, but we also set ourselves up to receive. The opposite is true too. When our hands are closed, it is more difficult to give to others, and also to receive. Here’s where we dig deeper. This visual of open vs. closed represents more than just your hands. More importantly, it applies to your heart. My husband and I often say to each other, “My heart is full.” That is ultimately what giving does; it fills your heart!
I know, your logical side might be thinking, if you give something away you have less. That is the beauty of giving. It’s not about losing but gaining. The intent is not to give expecting something in return, but just know, your generosity will not return void. That’s what I love about giving. So much good can come from it. Lives are forever changed when we show them we care. When we take the time to listen and pray for them. That not only can have a positive impact on them, but on you too. And guess what? They in turn will spread that to someone else and this beautiful giving train keeps chugging along. One act of giving can change so many lives. That’s why it’s so important to do.
The great thing about giving is that it can be accomplished in a multitude of ways. The list is endless and unique depending on the person you are giving to. I share this with you because this is the heart behind E+DAY. On the 14th of each month, I encourage you to encourage someone else going through a season of waiting or infertility by giving them a care package/note/text/call, etc.
While giving might be the last thing on your mind while waiting, I encourage you try it. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Shifting your focus off of you/situation and towards others is powerful and has the ability to change your perspective on your wait. It’s not guaranteed, but, really, what do you have to lose?
Lastly, but most importantly, giving all started with Jesus. With Easter this Sunday, I can only think of the life changing gift given to us all when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. He opened his hands to give His life so we could be saved. That is the ultimate act of giving. He is always open-handed, ready to give to his children. Will today be the first time you come to Him, open-handed, ready to give your life to Him? If so, I would love to pray for you. Please contact me or watch this short video for more resources.
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