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Generosity

4 January 2022

In the first week of December, we went to Dube Private Game Reserve, near Brits, with our daughter and the three grandchildren. (Our son-in-law had to work, unfortunately, and one thing the bush doesn’t have is good internet options for zoom meeting.)

They offer a very good mid-week special from Sunday afternoon to Friday morning out of school holidays for R650 for two. It is one of our favourite places to camp. Besides the game reserve in which one can walk, drive or cycle, there are lovely pools with water slides as well as an indoor pool, a café/fast food outlet and excellent ablutions.

This giraffe thinks nothing of wandering into the caravan park, having an early morning snack, and wandering out again.

The week we went was the last week before the public school holidays. Our grandchildren attend a school where the school terms are slightly different so they were already on holiday.

On the Tuesday, members of staff came around to every site handing out leaflets inviting us all to tea at the Shalom Hall on the Wednesday. When we got there, it turned out to be not so much a tea, but a glorious Christmas party with appropriate musical numbers by some very talented people, scrumptious and plentiful food and festive décor.

All the guests at the Christmas party.

The owners told us they wanted to honour God for helping them get through the rough times of Covid and for all His goodness to them. They also wanted to thank us for our support. First they called for all the children and gave them each an envelope which turned out to contain a hundred-Rand note. Then they called up each person who had booked a site and gave them an envelope containing five hundred-Rand notes. We could hardly believe it. Such generosity is beyond the normal run of life.

I believe that generous people display more of the image of God than some of the rest of us. God’s generosity is not based on any merit of ours but on Who God is. “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

It is not enough to admire generous people. We are all called to be generous. Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give,”(Matthew 10:8b NIV) and “ 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)

My Prayer

Father God, everything I have is a gift from You. Please help me to be generous to others as You have been to me. Amen.

Business Upgrade

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8)

My husband and I are reading through a little book by Randy Alcorn called “Grace.” First thing every morning he reads the day’s passage to me while I drink coffee in bed. So I am reading a lot about grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favour given to the undeserving.

Yesterday I was given a graphic illustration. Our youngest son was returning to Russia after a holiday in Australia and was given a business upgrade together with his two companions. They didn’t apply for it, they didn’t ask for it and since they hadn’t paid for it, they didn’t deserve it.

May I never take for granted God’s grace to me. It is free to me but cost Christ everything. It is not cheap and I certainly don’t deserve it. It gives me the right to call God, My Father, and for me to be His child. I have all the privileges of the children of a loving, rich and powerful king. How blessed I am!

Prayer

Father, may I never take your grace for granted but live in an attitude of gratitude, extending grace to others. Amen.