Generous With Our Time

For the next few days, I will be writing about how God wants us to be generous with various aspects of our lives. The first one in this series is time. I don’t think people consider this one as valuable as other elements. Or maybe they do, and that’s why they give money so they can make up for it. I’m not sure what other people think, but I do know I’ve never felt like the time I could give was as valuable as what other people could give.

But, there is one think about time that’s equal for everyone. We all get twenty-four hours of it every day–not one hour more and not one hour less. There’s not anything we can do to get any more or less since we’re not the ones who created time. Who did, you ask? God, of course. We’re stewards of this equal amount of time He has given us. According to the author, “God trusts me to be brave and to be generous with each day He gives me on this planet.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs) He trusts all of us. We never have to feel deficient about the time we have to give because we have equal amounts of it. At least, that’s what we should be telling ourselves. 🙂

This week I’m giving time I wasn’t expecting to give. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, well, more like a rough couple of months, and when I saw the sign-ups for VBS, the first thing I felt was complete exhaustion. I wasn’t sure I had the strength, energy, or time to give. The role I had taken at VBS over the last couple of years didn’t feel within my reach. But, then I saw other roles where help was needed. Roles that I had a better possibility of filling well. It reminded me of the Scripture verse the author shared for today’s devotion. From Romans 12:13, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” God brought me to a role where I was needed, but without the pressure, stress, or exhaustion. How could I not want to give my time after God so tailor-made it to what I needed right now. So, I did. I volunteered to serve in VBS this week and am excited about the possibilities it offers.

Giving time can be hard especially with the faith struggle I’m in right now, but I’m hoping that by giving time and sharing God’s love with other people, I can be encouraged of God’s love for me and encouraged that God does have a purpose for my life despite all of the heartache and the pain. So thankful for my Lord and Savior as He  encourages us to be generous with our time!

Praying God’s blessings on you all today!

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