Thoughts by the Potato Patch

Tricounty Foodgrains Bank Project 2015
Tricounty Foodgrains Bank Project 2015

I am sitting here at a picnic table a little overwhelmed at the goodness of God. I am looking over the potato patch that is also known as the Tricounty Foodgrains Bank Project. It look fabulously healthy to my untrained eye. Green and full is the way I would describe the field.

Now I am no farmer. Not much of a green thumb have I. I do, however, remember a very dry and arid looking field of potato plants a few years ago. We grew spuds then as well. We did not get much rain that year and the field looked thirsty when it was LRC's turn to weed and fight off the bugs.

I do recall that we did have a successful year in regards with the amount of money we raised. We pooled our efforts across the churches and people involved and we were able to help many with food supplies. That is rewarding in and of itself.

This year I see green and full. If this is any indication we will have plenty of healthy spuds to sell at harvest time. This will enable us to feed many people once again.

Let's not forget that the poor are depending on projects like this one. The hungry will be fed by efforts of Christian projects across Canada and the globe. If we don't take up the cause of the poor and hungry by supporting causes like this one who will?

Lush and green field of potato plants ...
Lush and green field of potato plants ...

God has blessed us. He most definitely has. Let's not forget that He has blessed us so we can be a blessing! What a privilege it is to be a blessing like this.

Jesus said that, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' (Acts 20:35) I often wondered what exactly He meant by that. I believe a part of the answer is that as we give and as we participate in the act of generosity we receive something in return that is more valuable than what we give away.

1) We have a sense of fulfillment. It is what we were created to do — care for one another. Participating in giving fills that sense of purpose.

2) We set ourselves up for reaping. 'God isn't mocked. We will reap what we sow,'

(Galatians 6:7)

So (pardon the pun) when we are generous with our time, resources and energy God sees to it that we reap a good harvest in life.

3) We are in effect reaching out to Jesus. He said that He identifies with the disenfranchised. He said that when we do something good, like visit the sick or feed the hungry, He counts it as if we had done the good deed for Him. When we give we are blessing Jesus. Folks, that is valuable; more valuable than anything we can imagine. (see Matthew 25:31-45)

Please take some time and consider how you can be generous. How can you actively get involved in helping those less fortunate than you? Is there a neighbour you can visit, a cause you can support or a child you can sponsor? Whatever it is that God puts on your heart remember the Lord’s words, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

I invite you to share some of your thoughts in a comment below ...