• Sara Chapple

Generosity the Magnificent!

What age is typical for having and loving a magic set?

I had and loved mine sometime in middle school which I feel like is a bit old for something like that but might explain my lack of friends in that season. But I’m not trying to distract you with how awkward I was in the 6th grade. :)

One of the tricks that I remember “performing” was one that involved a small container almost like a vase. It was black plastic with a long skinny neck. You’d fill this up with water and then the trick was you’d turn it over and pour all the water out in front of your captive, I mean captivated, audience. The trick was that after it was “empty” you would perform your magic and amazingly it would be filled again and you could dump out water over and over. It was like a never ending supply of water.

The secret though, hopefully I won’t crush anyone’s childhood memories here, was that there was a small hole on the side of the container. When you covered this hole with your finger, a small amount of water would pour out and the rest would stay inside. Let go of the hole after it was right side up and then cover it again when you turned it over and a small amount of water came out again. I guess we can actually thank physics for that trick but don’t expect me to explain that magic to you!

Of course, it wasn’t really a never ending supply. If you did it enough times you would eventually run out of water. But it worked well enough to do the trick and impress your family and friends.

Imagine if you really had a never ending supply of something like that though? That would be pretty amazing.

How easy would it be to be generous if we had a never ending supply of all we ever needed?

One of the things we have the opportunity to practice over Thanksgiving is generosity. Usually when we talk about generosity we think of money. And generosity with money is great! And it’s biblical. We should all practice generosity with our money.

But for today I am talking about all the other ways we can be generous:

* Attention

* Kindness

* Words

* Effort

* Listening

* Love

* Helpfulness

* Patience

The list goes on and on!

There are so many ways that we can practice generosity in this season of Thanksgiving!

We have the opportunity to share what we have with others and to share it generously.

And here is the best part!

We are Generosity the Magnificent! (that’s our stage name)

Because we have a never ending supply of all of those things!

We are just like the little vase in my magic set. Only it’s like we are magically connected by a long hose to the ocean! We’ll never run dry no matter how many times we pour out!

That is how deep our source is.

God, through his Holy Spirit is our source.

All we have to do is go back to the source. When we feel empty, go back to the source. When it’s seeming a bit dry, go back to the source.

And since the source is inside of us we don’t have to go very far. We just have to remind ourselves it’s within us because Jesus is within us. We can tap into that source at any moment, anywhere.

He will always fill us back up.

“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20

“That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.” Ephesians 3:17

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26

We really cannot be generous on our own. We will run out of whatever we are trying to give away so quickly. But if we stay connected to the source by reminding ourselves we are connected to him, we will find the endless supply we can use to pour out to our friends and family and never run dry.

A very practical step would be to NOT skip daily time in the Word and with God next week. I know for me, when the routine is all crazy and out of whack it can be easy for me not to do the things I do on a regular basis. But if our goal is to be intentional and make the most of Thanksgiving then we should make time with God a high priority each day.

A generous person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11

We have all we need!

We are Generosity the Magnificent!

Have fun wowing your family and friends with all you have to pour out for them. It's a lot easier than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. ;)

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