Sunday, August 06, 2006

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Did you select the link for today’s reading? If you haven’t – take a moment to read through it.

Often this passage is used to discuss giving of finances or services. That is certainly appropriate and the passage holds some great truths in that regard. However, as I read the passage and reflected on “Sowing Generously”, my thoughts were taken down a slightly different road – the extended road trip our family took this summer.

We spent almost three weeks driving over 4000 miles through 13 states in temperatures up to 110°. Driving through Texas and Oklahoma in July is probably not the first choice for vacation travelers!

In the course of our trip, we visited my 90 year old grandmother. I left the visit with her knowing that I might not have another chance to see her again and was so thankful that I was able to spend time with her. We also visited some of my aunts and uncles – they had shown me what sharing and caring were all about when I was a little boy. We visited my wife’s parents and I saw my children reconnecting with a legacy of love that they had been missing. We were able to see my wife’s brother and personally rejoice in the extraordinary accomplishments of his high school son. We also got to visit my brother and sister-in-law and celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary – congratulations Steve and Cindy!

As I look back on our trip, I realize that my family is reaping generously from a rich heritage of faith and kinship that many people have sowed into our lives and I thank God for them. The principle of sowing and reaping is a profound one – BE A GENEROUS SOWER.

Alan Davenport

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