“…do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share…take hold of the life that really is life.” – I Timothy 6
Last month I was walking our dog in the early morning. For whatever reason I looked down and realized that I was wearing a Thrivent t-shirt. You know the one. In stylized letters across the front, it says “Live Generously.” And I thought “what a great way to think about Christian stewardship.”
Then again “live” sounds lots like “give,” which EVERYONE might take to be a not-so-subtle way of saying “give more,” during a stewardship emphasis.
Well, it is stewardship emphasis time, but “Live Generously” is a word of encouragement that goes much broader and deeper than financial giving.
Our loving and gracious Creator has so generously given us life. All that we have and are comes from the Lord our God. Since we have received such a generous outpouring of life in God’s grace, how then do we live generously? What does it look like from day to day? How might living generously change us?
“You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.” –Psalm 8:6
From the time God placed it all in our hands—hey, from the time our Lord gave us hands!—we have been stewards, caretakers, of God’s good gifts. All of life.
So, beginning Sunday, September 30, let’s turn aside for a while and ponder what it means to Live Generously in all that we do here at Prince of Peace and everywhere we go!