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Be a cheerful giver

Be a cheerful giver

As we enter into Lent, no doubt full of good intentions, we remember St Paul’s advice to the Corinthians:

‘Each one should give what he has decided in his own mind…’ (2 Cor 9:7).

We are determined, therefore, to stick to our plans and see our resolutions through.  So far, so good but it is crucial that we remember also the second part of this Biblical verse:

…not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver’

When we consider ‘giving’ in a Lenten context, we might think of our almsgiving primarily, or our planned works of mercy.  However, probably most of our daily actions are done for someone other than ourselves.  No matter how small, how routine, how apparently unknown our deeds are, we should do them cheerfully.  Regardless of whether or not our deeds are acknowledged, expected or appreciated, we should do them cheerfully.  If our 9-5 deeds are done for sullen-faced clients or colleagues, no matter!  We can work cheerfully.  This small change might be even more difficult than giving up chocolate but will probably have a more significant impact on those with whom we live and work… and there’s plenty of opportunity to practise!


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