By Bill Dukes

During the holiday season we received many gifts. We know how wonderful if feels to receive gifts. By now you may not even remember the gifts you received. The joy of getting is short lived. Our lives are richer when we share. Great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives. Giving from the heart fills your life with joy and nourishes your soul. True joy lies in the act of giving without an expectation of receiving something in return.

In 2 Corinthians we read – “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Several years ago my wife and I were part of a mission trip to Tanzania. We recognized the need for safe water. We knew we had found an opportunity to give to a cause that would make a difference. Today, over 2,000 our brothers and sisters in Tanzania enjoy safe drinking water and healthier lives because of the generous support from members of the South Carolina Synod.
God led us to Tanzania and through our prayers he opened our hearts to sharing our gifts with our friends in Tanzania so they would have access to something many of us take for granted – safe drinking water.

None of us should give to receive God’s generosity or favor. We give because God has already given us everything we could ever need and because he has already shown us favor. Giving is our response to God’s grace.

Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Author Bio: Dukes is the Safe Water Coordinator for the South Carolina Synod.He is a member of Mt. Horeb, Chapin.

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