Sow generously: How to share God’s love through service

 

The first time I met him, I had a trunk full of groceries and two babies on my hips. He saw a stranger with a need and reacted with generosity. Unloading my bags was a simple gesture at the time, but has since resulted in the unexpected blessing of a second grandfather figure. One seed planted produced a treasured relationship for both of us.

 

I’m not the only recipient of Jim’s generous heart. He is such an extraordinary giver, the children in our congregation even believe him to be the owner of our church. While knowing better, their parents would agree. Jim is present, selfless, and active. His seeds of generosity planted through the years bear lasting fruit.

 

When we plant seeds we have no idea if they will take root, how they will grow, or even what seeds they will someday sow themselves. But what we do know is that we have a role to play in the spreading of the seed. Our responsibility is to offer what love we have and let God produce the outcomes.

 

During this Thanksgiving season, we count every blessing of harvest. We celebrate the extraordinary givers who have sown seeds in our lives from which we still are reaping the benefits. We reflect on our own seeds sown. Are they worth reaping? Will they continue to bear fruit for generations to come?

 

The Scriptures tell us in John 15 that loving each other produces fruit that lasts. I want to sow this kind of seed that reaps a plentiful harvest year after year. Meaningful fruit. Lasting fruit. I suspect you do too.

 

That is why I created The Love Offering. It is a servant-minded approach to living, focused on sharing God’s love with those around us. Each day provides an act of love to sow into the life of another with a corresponding Bible verse. Our combined effort can create a chain reaction of loving service that point people to Him.

 

The Bible encourages us in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” God has so bountifully blessed us and to much is given, much is expected. Join me as we pour out our blessings as love offerings to the world in thanksgiving to the God who is the most extraordinary giver of all.

 

Download your free Love Offering calendar and begin sowing the seed of extraordinary giving. Together we can change the world, one love offering at a time!

 

Rachael Adams is the founder of The Love Offering and the author of Fisk’s Fishing Adventures: The Best Catch. She is currently working on her first Christian living book for women. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women to realize their God given purpose and to embolden them to move into the world through compassionate action. Connect with Rachael at rachaelkadams.com.

Round-Up Campaign

NewLife Shopper is excited to announce a new opportunity for customers! Starting June 26, 2017 we are offering a Round-Up campaign for our customers to take part in. When you go to checkout, you will have the chance to round-up your order to the next whole dollar amount, and then choose one of three organizations for your round-up to be donated toward. Below is a brief “About” for each of the three organizations featured in our opening Round-Up Campaign! Feel free to visit the websites and see where your round-up can go to help reach people with the love of God. Check back often, as we plan to cycle through different organizations every few months.

Although there are many organizations and ministries from which we could choose, we have selected these because we are familiar with the values and core beliefs that each organization operates with and we are confident that the affect of your donation will be maximized (the financial statements for each can be found on their websites and show that the majority of donations received go towards actual ministry expenses).  We are excited that your change will go towards making a change in the hearts and lives of those around the world. Thank you for participating!

Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org)
Mission Statement: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Source: www.samaritanspurse.org)

Compassion International (www.compassion.com)
Mission Statement: Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. It’s a mission about love. We love God, and we demonstrate our love and live out our faith by extending care to others. We offer our programs to the poorest of the poor, to the children in greatest need, without ulterior motive. We devote ourselves to helping children of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds and race — without imposing any religious obligation or conversion requirement upon them. We simply aspire to be like our Savior, Jesus Christ, in who we are and what we do. (Source: www.compassion.com)

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) (www.fca.org)
Your donation will go to the Southeastern KY Chapter of the FCA.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. (Source: www.fca.org)