GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

Last week while helping with the clean up from Hurricane Ida in south Louisiana, I met some pretty awesome people. I really enjoyed a conversation I had before breakfast one morning with a gentleman from Little Rock, Arkansas. He had been a broker in the hotel industry for over 35 years before retiring. His job consisted of traveling the country to negotiate the buying and selling of major hotels. He had sat at the table with multi-millionaires several times throughout his career and met a lot of interesting people. He then said, “But the greatest and most memorable experiences of all were the times God blessed me with the opportunity to share the gospel and see a person accept God’s gift of salvation. It doesn’t matter how rich or how poor a person is, the one thing everyone has in common is the need for a Savior.” He told me that God had always blessed him with the ability to share his faith with anybody, anywhere. It was evident that sharing God’s love with others was the joy of his life.

Recently I read “Giving It All Away… And Getting It Back Again” the story of Hobby Lobby’s founder, David Green. He began building picture frames in his garage as a hobby and today his company employs over 32,000 people across the country. In the book he writes, “We are put on this earth to give, to devote ourselves to a radical brand of generosity that God can use to change lives eternally!”

I’ve thought about the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 6:19-20 that says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal…” It’s so easy to find ourselves focusing too much on the material things of this world, which are temporary and not enough on spiritual things which are eternal. The Apostle Paul encouraged his young friend, Timothy to“remind those who are rich in this present world not to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, generous and eager to share.” Paul wanted Timothy to know that a godly life is the greatest thing a person can possess and if a person has that, he or she should be deeply satisfied.

It’s good to be reminded often that every blessing in life comes from the gracious and loving hand of God. David Green also said, “Count your blessings, but also make your blessings count.” We make our blessing count when we use them to point others to the awesome goodness and grace of God.


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