What’s in the middle of February?
You’re correct. Yep, right in the middle of the calendar is a big ol’ heart — a heart for Valentine’s Day! A day we set aside to give someone special (like a spouse, parent or grandparent) a gift of some sort. It might be flowers, a meal or a card.
Hallmark used the slogan “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best,” which was scribbled on a 3×5 card in 1944 by C.E. Goodman, a Hallmark sales and marketing executive. Over the many years it has stood the test of time because it was more than a slogan. It was a business commitment.
How’s your spiritual giving? Is it from the heart? Is it a commitment?
In the beginning God gave, and He continues to give. That’s commitment! Acknowledging God’s ownership is the basic principle for Christian giving. King David said: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.” Ps. 24:1
God desires your gifts given from the heart. We become more Christlike when we give of ourselves without reservation. For God gave of Himself unreservedly. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Rom. 8:32
When we give our gifts to God as grateful and faithful stewards, we are really returning to Him what He has already given to us. And gifts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. It can be giving of our time (doing a servant event in your community or elsewhere), treasures (giving of our first and best) and talents (teaching Sunday school or singing in the choir).
As we give from the heart, we will experience the joy of giving and we can proclaim, “Lord, thank you for enabling me to give.” Now that is commitment!
Written by Ken Schilf, Council of Resources
First published in the February 2017 edition of the Lutheran Witness