Are You Living Big?

Years ago, I had the privilege of teaching in the public school system in Mooresville, North Carolina; fifth graders to be exact. Now, if you want to exhaust yourself of EVERY fruit of the spirit on a daily basis, please … please … go teach fifth grade for a bit. In my opinion, they come into the school year acting like little kids and leave, fully confident that they can take on the world and all it has to offer. At least, that was my goal for each of them.

In Mrs. Franco’s classroom, morning rituals were a “thing”.  I would welcome each child with a different handshake or greeting. They would get themselves and all of their belongings settled in the classroom. They would sit down, turn their attention to the whiteboard which contained a question or quote for the day, then begin to write an exhaustive response in their journals.

One day, the following statement was on the board, awaiting their responses: “You can’t live big and give little”. That morning, the journal discussion went a little bit longer than usual as students discussed what it really meant to live big or to give little. Was living big having a lot of “things” or being the most recognized individual? Was giving referring to your time, your energy, your skills, your resources, or all of the above? To say that the phrase stretched them would be an understatement.

Even as an adult, that phrase stretches me. Luke 6:38 reminds me, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  You can’t live big and give little. Our God, who holds ALL resources, is ready to bless His children abundantly if we faithfully go where He’s called us to go, and give what He’s asked us to give. Living a life of obedience and generosity is what living big is all about. Try it on for size this week and see what He might do!

This weekend, we will continue our Dollars & Sense message series by exploring the idea of offering God our “not enough” and experiencing multiplication. Please join us at any one of our campus locations as we continue to journey through this important topic from God’s word.

Tara Franco
Director of Family Ministries

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