Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Big Give

The ability to give.
I love giving of my time and resources to others. Just having the knowledge of affecting someone's life for the positive is incredible.
As Christ followers, are we not to be the most generous people on the earth?
That question concerns me. As a pastor I feel like all I hear sometimes is what people want for themselves etc.

Sherilyn and I were watching Oprah's show THE BIG GIVE tonight. We pretty much cried through the whole thing. One of my favorite stories is the one where they helped the lady who has created a great community for people with Down Syndrome. Sherilyn and I sometimes get weary because we're constantly giving to our kids or the church. When you get weary it's easy to think of the negatives. Anyhow, after watching the show I am more inspired now than ever before to remain focused and keep giving to the best of my ability.

This past week Sherilyn and I were on the receiving end of a wonderful gift. The big give to us was someone sent Jordan to Saskatoon for a surprise visit with us. We have so enjoyed the past six days with Jordan. Benjamin especially developed an incredible bond with Jordan. We see this as God's provision and we are so thankful for the time this past week. A huge thank you to Pastor Barry and Ramona Maurer (Children's Pastors in Kelowna) for this awesome gift. Their generosity has reaffirmed some things in my life and most importantly reminded me that people out there are living authentic Christ-like lives.

The family pic above was taken on Sherilyn's birthday on March 1. Thank you for your prayers. We are inspired more than ever before to give to others!

3 comments:

The Toews Gang said...

you all look like a bunch of chickapays! We miss you guys!

Melissa said...

Great picture of the family! I'm so glad Jordan was able to surprise you guys with this past visit too! Miss you all!

katelyn said...

i love that picture of you and your family!! i knew the WHOLE week before that Jordan was comming but i didnt say ANYTHING! the best kind of prize is a SURPRISE!