Just What I Needed!

We’re continuing our study of “building blocks” for soul growth. Today’s topic is “G”, the Generosity Block.

Today’s scripture: 1 Kings 17:8-16 (NRSV) (KJV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Tammy Mills):

I love this story! It is so good to be reminded that it is only in living generously that I meet God the provider.

I have been trying to teach my girls this story and remind them that when we live generously we open ourselves up to receive as well as to give. I feel, though, I still have some teaching to do.

Recently, at a family dinner, daughter number two waved her hands in dramatic fashion and declared that daughter number one (“her beloved older sister”) could have one of her carrots. She proclaimed her generosity to all who could hear.

I had to remind her that giving away something you hated was not living generously! Living generously would mean you would offer to eat your sister’s carrots for her, knowing that she didn’t like them. You could offer to save her from the dreaded eating of the carrots! So, in order to really teach the point, I made her eat some of daughter number one’s carrots. I am a terrible mom!

This scripture is a call to give from the heart. Imagine how this widow must have felt when the prophet asked her for what amounted to her last meal. Imagine her surprise when each day there was enough oil and flour! Imagine how her faith grew as each day she trusted God for just what she needed.

Thought for the day: Am I living generously? Do my actions show that I trust God for what I need?

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.