"A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great."
The importance of GIVING is like one of the best kept secrets of all times. It truly isn't a secret at all. It's a spiritual principle that so many people exercise in mediocrity. I truly believe this is most often because we are so consumed with OURSELVES. We can hardly see how taking our eyes off of ourselves and our situations to bless someone else, could be of value. So in simple terms, our selfishness keeps us from experiencing the FULL BENEFITS of one of God's Spiritual Principles - "Giving". Some people are natural givers, but most of us have become part of the mass of looking out for SELF. It will take a bit of effort to get the "looking out for SELF" thinkers to understand that GIVING is not just for the person who is receiving, but is also for the GIVER.
I heard pastors preach on the importance of giving several times and how they had given to groups and other ministries in the area that they (the pastors) had the same need. So let me restate that, Group A or Church A has a need and they would invest in the same need that Group B or Church B has. The end of the sermon would stress how greatly Church A had been rewarded by God for giving to Church B.
Then I heard another pastor preach and he mentioned how God also blesses givers who are not believers in Christ, because God's principle's WORK even when non-believers operate in them. Remember, God's word does not come back void. There were so many women in ministry, including myself that had a need in different areas of our lives. I saw all the weight loss challenges on television and thought, "What would happen if a ministry had a Giving Challenge"? I truly believe this was God ushering my ministry What Matters-Most? Women and Children's Ministries into what has now become multiple giving challenges throughout each year. The first Giving Challenge I started was for 21 days or so. IT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER!!! Just as important, is the fact that it changed the LIVES of women who support, follow and benefit from the ministry, who were believing God for breakthrough in their lives!!! Since then the Giving Challenge has now grown to 40 days of Giving, and all I can say is it WORKS!
RED ALERT! It is important for you to remember that you have to GIVE from a cheerful heart. Your giving will be ineffective for yourself if in your heart there is no true joy. Remember, God knows our hearts so get them right in order to reap the benefits of simply LIVING A LIFE OF GIVING. So to each of you, I challenge you to GIVE, GIVE, AND GIVE. The more you give the more creative you will become at giving. It's like anything else, the more you do it the better you get at it. However, there is one rule I need to stress. Keep your eyes off of yourself while giving! This does not mean to neglect what is real in your lives, rather stop focusing on it so much that you are no good to others. TRUST GOD and His Spiritual Principle of GIVING and watch him move.
So the challenge has begun, each day those of you who are ready for true change and breakthrough "In Gods time" not yours, are to GIVE! Giving comes in many forms, from the simple cup of coffee that you bring in for your co-worker, to making extra food one evening and bringing it to a family in need. The list goes on and on. Remember not to expect anything in return, simply GIVE...
Giving Challenge World Changers: Each day you are to GIVE at least one time for the next 40 days. I am excited already about what God is going to do FOR YOU, but more importantly through you. May the Angels in Heaven smile down on you and shower you with protection for following one of God's spiritual principles to help his children. Remember, we are all His children, even the unsaved. He loves us ALL.
What Matters-Most? Women & Children's Ministries was founded in 2009 by Maritza George. The ministry exists to help families restore the essential aspects of their relationship with one another. This is predominately done by focusing on strengthening women spiritually, personally, and financially. Principle's within the Holy Bible are incorporated into all areas of the ministry. It is the ministry's hope that by strengthening women, their children and their children's children will have a better chance at a productive, successful life.
To find out more about What Matters-Most? Women & Children's Ministries, Inc. Visit our website at www.whatmatters-most.com or contact Maritza at firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 828-5638