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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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The Miracle of Generosity
“When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, ‘Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.’ But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, ‘Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ And they did so, and had them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.”—Luke 9:11-17 (ESV)
Have you truly meditated on Jesus’ mind-blowing miracle of the five loaves of bread and two small fishes to feed five thousand men? The fact that there were actually leftovers to the excess of twelve baskets makes the miracle even more miraculous.
As the world is still in an unsettling place, we can look at this miracle and yearn to have the same miracle happen to us. But, let’s stop for a moment and recognize something significant about this miracle: Jesus used the generosity of someone else’s surplus to feed the multitudes.
So, what does this mean for us? Through our generosity, we can share in the blessing of His miracles. Our willingness to share our surplus opens the door for the Lord to bring miracles into the lives of those who desperately need them.
Our generosity doesn’t need to be monetary or material. We can be generous with our time and good deeds by meeting the spiritual or emotional needs of others, most especially our spouses’. Through random acts of love and kindness, we’re not only sending others a message of love, but we’re also learning to trust the Lord with our own daily needs.
This month, the Married Couples Ministry would like to partner with you so you can bless not only your spouse, but others through your generosity.
Challenge 1: Generosity of Encouragement
Inspiring words of encouragement can brighten anyone’s day. This month, write notes of encouragement to your spouse and place them in unexpected places around the house. This will bring a smile to your spouse’s face and make their day just a little sweeter. Want to take this challenge a little further? Post a 15-second video message to your social media platforms thanking all first-responders for their service.
Challenge 2: Generosity of Good Deeds
Find small ways to do good deeds for your spouse throughout the month. From a foot massage to making them their favorite dessert or helping them with one of their least favorite chores . . . your good deeds will show them how much you love and appreciate them. Try a similar approach with others. Bake a cake for your neighbor and leave it on their front step with a caring note.
Challenge 3: Generosity of Romance
Bring on the romance! Think flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner, a hand-written love letter . . . Do whatever it takes to make your spouse feel like the most loved person in the world.
We want to hear from you! E-mail MarriedCouples@CalvaryFTL.org about your date night story! Share your dates on social media by tagging your photos with #SoFloDateNight to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage!