This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s college basketball playoff time! If you are a K State or Tiger fan, you may hate this time of year. Sorry. As a Jayhawk fan, I can’t get enough.
Last night, I listened to a little bit of the coverage of KU being chosen as a #1 seed in the national tournament. Bill Self, KU’s coach, said this about the Jayhawk team,
“Right now they’re playing joyful. I have to remind them of that some times…play joyful.”
That’s a powerful statement. Play joyful.
Pastor David yesterday shared the second message in our March Kindness series. He gave this definition of kindness –
the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate in an effort to meet the need of others.
Let me key in on that word “generous”
6Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
10For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
11Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. -2 Corinthians 9:6-12
One of the things God asks us to do…no be, is generous. The ESV translates verse 7 as “for God loves a cheerful giver.” Which brings me back to March Madness and the KU Jayhawks.
The things we do in life should be full of joy – especially the things God asks us to do. It’s why God loves a cheerful giver. It’s why Bill Self loves a team playing joyful basketball.
This week your challenge is to give something away. Some of you may have an item, a person or a cause in mind. If not, let me offer a suggestion.
I have a friend who is in need. He’s not a believer, but he’s asking questions. His son is in the midst of an illness that doctors have no answers for. No answers in the sense they don’t really know what the problem is.
Because of this, they are traveling to a special hospital to meet with special doctors. As you can imagine, this won’t be cheap, so they are raising funds. My friend is a fine art photographer, so he’s selling one of his prints toward this cause.
If you can, be generous. It’s not inexpensive ($99 + S/H), but it’s an investment. It’s generosity. I just purchased my print. I want to support him and his family. I want to be kind.
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I would love for you to put on kindness too. It doesn’t have to be with Ryan. It could be someone else – something else. Not matter what it is…be joyfully generous.