A message from Lance Hurley:
My wife's family came to visit over the Labor Day weekend. When they walked into our house, my sister in law began handing out packages. She had brought a gift for everyone in our house: a decoration for Darla, sugar free candy for me, a toy for my grandson, etc. She gave gifts that were personalized, thoughtful and appreciated (I am eating some of my chocolate right now). She has the gift of generosity that is recognizable and apparent. It is a gift that is very attractive and needed.
Everyone enjoys receiving gifts. This Sunday, we are going to continue looking at some of the spiritual practices that yield growth that lasts. The trait we will examine is one that stands out in a world accustomed to seeing selfishness in action. Generosity is a spiritual practice that stretches faith, shows love and demonstrates a life filled with gratitude.
I want to encourage you to take a few moments this week to look at
John 12: 1 - 8. This passage shows both gratitude and stinginess in a few short verses. I'll look forward to seeing you on Sunday as I get to talk about one of my favorite spiritual growth principles. (Also, remember to spend 15 minutes a day talking to God in prayer this week. This practice keeps us connected tightly.)