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Ron Writes

In less than two months we’ve nearly given enough to complete the well in Zimbabwe. I’m thankful that we can be so blessed. We are blessed, for Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”

We are blessed because we had something to give. Obviously, giving is based on what we have, not on what we don’t have (2 Cor. 8:12). God has given us enough to live on, plus enough to generously help others. Those who receive are thankful. Giving should also make us thankful. It should cause us to pause and thank God for all that he has given to us so we can be so generous. 

We are blessed because it feels good to give. Especially knowing, as in this case, how great the need. They need water for life. Water to drink and water for their crops. Water for hygiene and cleanliness. Water that is not muddy and brown, but clear and pure. Being able to give feels good because we are making a big impact on other people’s lives. 

We are blessed by knowing that we are loved in a special way by God, “for God loves a cheerful giver.” God is a giver, and it must be gratifying to God when His children imitate Him. In John 3:16 it tells us that God gave out of love. It also tells us that God gave because of our great need. Our hearts will swell too when we see our brethren in Zimbabwe share their gift of water with others. 

We are blessed knowing that God is going to continue to bless us. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). We are blessed by being able to lay up treasures in heaven. God responds to our giving. 

We are blessed because we have invested in people. We give out of compassion but giving also creates more compassion. We care about these people, but now that we have invested in their lives, we are connected to them in a way we weren’t before. We yearn for their prosperity even more than before. 

We are blessed by being more connected to one another. What a great feeling it is when we see the generosity of others. It can be humbling to see how sacrificially others have given. We are able to do together what we aren’t able to do alone. 
Our brethren in Zimbabwe thank us. When we realize how blessed we have been, we need to, well, thank them and thank God.