Over the years Kim and I have been blessed by wonderful gifts of generosity. That’s been especially true over the past week.
A week ago today we moved our youngest daughter to college (quite an experience) but “we moved” doesn’t tell the full story. One of the traditions at Samford University is for upperclassmen to move the freshmen into their dorms. We pulled up to the front of the dorm and our cars were immediately surrounded by students – most notably members of the Samford football team – and before we knew what happened the entire contents were in her dorm room. That was a generous gift!
Years ago, maybe twenty, Kim and I heard a speaker suggest that after you take your last child to college don’t return immediately to the “empty nest.” So for twenty years we’ve been planning to be away this week. Of course, two kids in college and one just out means that the budget for a week away was somewhat limited. But thanks to the generosity of friends we’ve been able to spend a week in the Colorado Rockies (in fact I’m writing this blog sitting on a deck overlooking the mountains). This week is an amazing gift of generosity!
Yesterday we drove over to the Rocky Mountain National Park and had a fantastic day. Along the way a Colorado Highway Patrolman stopped me to let me know that I was slightly (just ever so slightly) exceeding the posted speed limit (I was spending too much time looking at the scenery and not enough paying attention to the speed limit signs). Then he informed me that it was my lucky day and he was letting me go with just a warning. THAT was a greatly appreciated gift of generosity!
The Apostle Paul reminded the elders in Ephesus that Jesus taught:
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
I trust that Samford football payers and friends and one very nice Colorado Highway Patrolman are experiencing those blessings today – each has blessed us with generosity this week.
Where have you recently received a gift of generosity?
Who might you be generous toward today?