I stumbled upon a story of a rice farmer who was having trouble in his field. The farmer had just irrigated his rice field the previous day. It was very important at that time of the year to keep his field in standing water. The next day, however, when he went to check on his field, all the water was gone. After looking around a bit, he discovered that his neighbor just down the hill had broken the dividing wall between their fields and drained the water into his own.
This infuriated the man, so he went to chat with his pastor as to what he should do. The pastor advised the man to ignore the wrong done to him, repair the wall, and continue to flood his field again. The man did as his pastor advised.
The following day, however, the neighbor had once again drained the man’s water into his own field. After three days of this, the farmer in a rage went again to his pastor and asked what he should do.
After thinking for a moment, the pastor told the man to water his neighbor’s field first, and then do his own. The man returned home and did as the pastor told him. Three days later the neighbor came to the man, apologized for his conduct, and asked how he too could have this kind of generous love.
In the Greek the word for generosity can literally be defined as “having a heart willing to share.” A heart willing to share… that is a good way of living.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”

Reflection Questions:
Who do you need to thank for the way they share their
heart with you?
Who has great wisdom in your life?
What helps you be generous?

Prayer: Holy God, every day you provide me with opportunities to be generous and when I am reluctant or a bit fearful remind me of all your blessings in my life and fill with good cheer. Amen.

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