God is a generous God! It is His nature. Humanity was created in His image (Genesis 1:26). Because we were created in His image, we should be like Him. We should be looking daily for opportunities to be showing the world how generous God really is. The church should be leading the charge with being generous. There are many practical ways we can do this, here are a few:
1. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to a neighbor or co-worker.
2. Bring flowers to someone.
3. Offer to baby-sit for free.
4. Pay for someone’s Starbucks/Tim Hortons coffee behind you in the drive-through.
5. Pay for someone’s fast food meal behind you in the drive-through.
6. Send a note of encouragement to someone.
7. Give another driver your parking spot.
8. Give a gift to the postman or delivery person.
9. Leave a big tip for a waiter or waitress.
10. Pay for someone’s movie that is behind you in line.
11. Slip a $20 bill to someone who you know is struggling financially.
12. Pay for someone’s meal or dessert at a restaurant.
13. Bake goodies and take them to the police station, fire station, or hospital.
14. Take a box of doughnuts to a school, office, etc.
15. Cook a meal for a neighbor or co-worker.
The world is filled with all types of noises that bombard us on a daily basis. These noises consume, distract, overwhelm and even have the potential of bringing us harm. We cannot pin the entire blame on media. There are numerous sources in our lives where these noises come from. They can come from our homes, our workplaces, and even our own thoughts. Whether you know God or not, He desires these noises to reduce so that you can come to know Him and experience His peace.
Many of us would love to experience rest, but we do not know how to, or we are even afraid to. Whatever your reason is, God’s heart for you is to be at peace. Colossians 3:15 states: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” God wants peace to rule. Not noise. Not fear. Not lack. Peace!
Peace does not come from outside of us, it is an inward work. It is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Many of us try and gain peace buy spending money, filling our bodies with drugs or alcohol, establishing relationships which only bring destruction, working harder, never achieving true, lasting, deep peace.
We must allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate peace in our lives by daily surrendering ourselves to His tender care and being cautious of the noises we listen to. Listen to the words of Jesus… “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
(John 14:27 ESV)