"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give."
- What does the scripture mean when it says to give till you giggle?
- Why is it so hard for us who have so much to give in comparison to those who have so little?
- To whom and how much can you give today and what special giving project are you willing to commit yourself to this year?
00:13 Every time for the rest of my life that I see a pack of lifesavers, I'm going to think of one little boy in Haiti who forever changed my view of giving. In Second Corinthians chapter 9 verses 6-8, scripture says this: "remember this, whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver and God is able to make all grace abound to you. So that in all things, at all times having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
00:59 It has been a joy and a privilege for these Christian sports camps called Kanakuk, that I get to be a part of, to have adopted a 18 schools in Haiti. And we have 6,000 precious kids, that every day receive a bowl of beans and rice and probably the most funnest things of all is at Christmas, the kids at our camp pack Christmas gifts, so that every Christmas for the last 10 years, every child in every school received this awesome Christmas gift. And one of the Christmas gifts in this bag of gifts that every child receives at Christmas is a little bag of life savers. I'll never forget it as long as I live, as we were giving out these gifts to these precious kids, and these kids have so little but they are so grateful. It's unreal. There's smiles are just the most beautiful smells you've ever seen on these kids' faces in your life. And they're so grateful.
01:57 This little guy, he had opened his Christmas bag and he had taken a lifesaver, the first lifesaver that he'd ever eaten in his life. And he put it in his mouth and it was so good. He took the pack of lifesavers and he opened them up and he had the whole pack in his hand. And he handed it to me and he said, "please take this." And, and I said, man, I can't take your lifesavers. And, and he says, please, "it was so good. That one lifesaver was so good." He wanted to give the whole pack away to me.
02:32 Come on man. What would it mean to you to give the whole pack of lifesavers to somebody in need? And what does the scripture mean when it says to give till you giggle? And that's my own words, but to give until you absolutely, you know, laugh, you give so much. And then why is it so hard for us who have so much to give in comparison to those who have so little? Take it home today with this question; to whom and how much can you give today and what special giving project are you willing to commit yourself to this year? And the verse for the day that hopefully will stick in your heart forever is simply paraphrase this: give till you giggle. And we're going to go to Haiti again next Christmas and we're going to take Christmas gifts to the kids. And if you want to email me at email@example.com and you want to be a part of our Christmas giving project, then email me and you can pack a box of gifts, including the lifesaver to take to those kids. God bless you as you give.