By Layton Dutton

Associate Pastor of Youth

Calvary Baptist Church

Evart

It’s hunting season once again. As I look online I see ads searching for new-to-them guns in order to take down that huge ten-point. And teens continue to tell me how they have been saving up their money for a new bow or rifle so they can show up dad this year. Each hunter is excited to lay down $200, $400 or more to get the perfect hunting gear.

I’m not a hunter, but I do understand some of that excitement. I had that a few years ago when I went to Bristol for the NASCAR race. I forked out more money than I should admit to get a ticket, room and gas to head to the race. I didn’t do so reluctantly, but with joyful anticipation. I couldn’t wait for my ticket to come in the mail or to find my spot in the stands around that half mile oval. Hunters have that same excitement when they wrap their hands around a brand new gun. They aren’t mad they spent the money. They’re excited for the opportunity to use their new sporting gear.

God talks about this same feeling in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also 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.”

We are reminded here that we are not to give reluctantly, but cheerfully. Just like we desire to purchase that new gun or bow, we are to desire to give to others in need. And the same way we keep our eyes open for a great deal on new sporting gear, we should keep our eyes open for opportunities to give. Then when we do give, and do so generously, God promises there will be more for us to harvest on the other end. Are you slow to give or do you look forward to it? Become a generous and cheerful giver today.