The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, November 25, 2021 comes to us from Yesenia Rosado of Dominican Republic
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 NIV
My brother, Martin, lives in New York. In the apartment building where he lives, several cats come around every evening. My brother tells me that he always purchases food for them, spending about $10 daily. Knowing he has limited resources, his friends scold him and question why he bothers with the cats. My brother’s response is: “It is a way to express gratitude for God’s immense goodness. I am almost 70 years old, and God has granted me a good life – without pain, filled with energy, and the ability to work and live without limitations. Caring for God’s creatures is a small way to demonstrate my gratitude to God.”
As I reflected on this story, I realized that if we all expressed such gratitude to God, it would create in us a generous spirit; we would have a much more loving and caring world. I am grateful for my brother, for his example, and for his inspiration to follow the biblical teaching to “be generous on every occasion.” May we all work at developing more grateful and generous hearts so that God’s will may more fully be realized.
To be more generous.
Thought for the Day:
Today I will show gratitude to God by giving generously.
I appreciate each person I know who is generous with their resources. Martin is a shining example of the generosity to which God calls us whether we have abundant resource or little more than we need to get by. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we should remember that this kind of generosity is a terrific way to say “thank you” to God for all that we have in our own lives. Can you think of people you have witnessed who share in ways that offer thanks to God? I invite you to consider ways that you can share your resources of time and riches with others and thus say “Thank You” to God.
Generous God, thank you for your loving-kindness and the blessings we receive each day. Inspire us to be generous with everyone we can, in whatever ways we can. In the name of the One who gave his life for us. Amen.