Core scripture: “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)
Message: Today is a day that flips the script. In a selfish society that continually craves more and more, I find it refreshing that today, December 1, 2020, is known as Giving Tuesday. No Black Friday crowds (who would want that during COVID anyway?). No Cyber Monday sales. Just you doing what Christ called us to do: to give!
Giving comes naturally for teachers. We give every day. Today I ask myself that question. How can I give? How can I empty myself out to brighten someone else’s day? Here are a few ideas on how we can do this.
- Give encouragement. Romans 15:2 states, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” This one is so easy. People love compliments! It could be something as simple as Hey, I love your shirt to something more meaningful like I am so lucky to work alongside you. Encouragement lift spirits. Whose spirit needs to be lifted up today? Pay them a compliment, verbal or written, and elevate them to the next level!
- Give time. God can use you in so many different ways. Which student needs your one on one attention? Who is falling behind in your class that needs a helping hand? Give those kids your time. Work with them. Encourage them. Walk alongside them. Students will not work for teachers who do not care about them. Give them your time.
- Give thanks. Positive reinforcement propels others forward. People have this need to feel appreciated. Let’s say a student who normally has their video off on Zoom turns it on. Thank them for that! Let others hear your praise so they can follow suit. Those little pats on the back mean everything to students, as small as the improvements may be.
Those are just a few thoughts to meditate on in regards to Giving Tuesday. Giving can be so much larger than the money in your pocket. When you give your hearts to the Lord and what He wills you to do, that is when the magic happens. It is indeed more blessed to give than receive. Give your hearts today!
Challenge: Prayerfully ask God how He can use you the last three weeks of school. Give encouragement, give time, and give thanks to all those around you. Walking the Christian walk this time of year will glorify the Lord and all He does for us!
Other scripture: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Just for fun: I found this teaching meme, and it gave me a smile.
Prayer: Father, give me the energy and purpose to intentionally give my heart to You today. Amen.