Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tis the Season for Generous Giving

All over the internet, I am hearing of such sweet stories of bloggers giving during this Christmas Season. My friend Ashten went shopping to give someone less fortunate a Christmas they may not have had without Ashten's help. My friend Cassie put up a barcode for a Starbucks E-Gift Card with $20 loaded on it for any of her Instagram followers to have a coffee on her. I sponsor Kim from Travel Babbles who is donating all of her ad sale money to a little girl's family who is praying for healing for their sick little girl. My family always adopts a family and blesses them with Christmas gifts and money to help them out this time of year.

Ronnie and I have even been blessed by a stranger's generosity this past week. Ronnie went to the grocery store to pick up some groceries for the weekend, and forgot his wallet so the person behind him just paid for all of his groceries without hesitating. There's something about Christmas that seems to make us just want to give, to help, to serve, and to bless others.

Personally, I have challenged myself to live like this all year long. If I see I need, I want to do my part to meet it, not just at Christmas time. I know we have been blessed and provided for by God, and we want to be good stewards of what He's entrusted us with and give back to others. But I have to tell you guys a secret: I can be really selfish. Actually, I am really selfish. There is one thing I do not like to sacrifice, and that is my time. I would much rather donate to a cause with my money then give up a Saturday morning sleeping in and drinking coffee in bed with my husband. I would rather write a check then have one more commitment on a weeknight after work. I am selfish with my time, because it is so limited. I am so tired, I am so overwhelmed, I don't have enough time to hang out with my husband, etc. I have a hundred excuses to why I don't like to sacrifice my time to help others.

We tithe to our church regularly, we are happy to donate money to causes, we sponsor a child in Uganda to go to school, we try and tip generously, and help out others financially when we can. But people don't always need our money, do they? Does money bring comfort to someone who is hurting because they just lost a loved one? Does money fill up the empty places of a heart who's marriage is hurting? Does money provide a listening ear to a student who just wants to be heard?

One of my co-worker's last day was Friday. Her husband decided after 13+ years of marriage that he wasn't happy any longer, and wanted a divorce. He decided to walk out on his wife and two teenage daughters to pursue his own "happiness". My co-worker has no friends or family here in Idaho because they were stationed here for her husband's job in the military. My heart ached for her, and I didn't know how I could help until out of nowhere, I felt the nudge to offer my help to pack and load her moving pod so she could move back to her home town. I rallied some of our coworkers together, and on Saturday morning, with Starbucks and donuts in hand, we arrived at her house and packed and loaded the entire thing so she could move back to Georgia, where all of her family is. I sacrificed my time which is just what she needed. She didn't need our money, but she did need our help. Sometimes people need to know they have people in their corner. To know they're not alone.

"But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting others." -Luke 11:42

Giving financially is a wonderful way to help people, but God showed me this weekend that isn't my sole job. He doesn't just want me to give away my money, but He wants me to meet needs. To shine His light to those who need it most. To sacrifice in ways that make me uncomfortable so my heart could be more aligned with His. Giving, whether it is time, money, etc. isn't just about the act of giving. Its about love. Its about loving people in everything we do. Its about loving people in ways that remind them they're not alone. That they're loved by God and never forgotten.

"If I give away all I have, and I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing." 
1 Corinithians 13:3


  1. So inspired by this. These words are so true. Thanks for blessing me with the post this morning!!

  2. You are such a kind and giving person. You a have an awesome heart.

  3. This is a great challenge - we should be like this more all year!


  4. What a beautiful post. One of my big goals in 2014 is to give back more. I am very selfish too and I do try to work hard on not wanting things. I'm the opposite in I like to give my time, but not my money. Maybe when I have more and am at a comfortable spot in my life, I will. I hope to work on this next year. Thanks for some of the best inspiration.

    And, you are so amazing for helping your co-worker and showing up with goodies!

  5. Yes, there are lot's of different ways that people may need our help--and in some cases, giving money is just the "easy" choice, when what someone really needs is our time or willingness to care for them!

  6. Amazing, this is something I needed to hear.

  7. My brother recently did the same when grocery shopping. I was so proud of him! I agree we should live like this all year.

  8. Yes, a million times, yes! Right on, sister. Loving your blog so much lately!

  9. Thank you so much for mentioning sweet Finley <3 And you have such an incredibly kind and loving heart, Brittany. I personally find beauty in the fact that you can openly say that you are selfish with your time and with yourself. I think we too often extend ourselves for others and do not focus on ourselves. I know that's kind of the polar opposite of the message you're trying to get across in this post, but I truly do find beauty in this. That's a super unfortunate situation about your co-worker, but I can guarantee that she will forever hold a special place for you in her heart. I, too, must find the time to serve. Even if it's just once a month ... thanks for this beautiful message, Brittany :) xoxo

  10. This is awesome! So inspiring. Thanks for sharing this :) I need to be more selfless throughout the year as well.