There is Hope in the Grace of Giving

I admire those women who are always reaching out to other people and meeting whatever needs they may have, bringing hope wherever they go. I wish I could be more like them. Instead I find myself often focusing inward and asking, “What do I need?” I want to be more generous with all that I have to offer.

In Second Corinthians chapter 8, Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to be more like the Macedonians who, though poor, had given all that they could to support the church in Jerusalem. He is asking them to demonstrate the “grace of giving” (emphasis mine). He also refers them to the example of Christ giving His life for us so that we might be saved. Verse 9 says “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” There is no greater example than this. If I want to imitate Christ in my life, I need to be more generous. Christ gave His life for me, surely I can also strive to give what I have to others. Nothing I could ever offer up would ever be as great as the sacrifice that Christ made for me.

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About Marcy Ardis

Marcy Ardis and her husband Gord live in the country near Chatham, Ontario. They met while attending Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario. After they got married, Marcy and Gord began to attend Louisville Baptist Church together as a family as this had been Marcy’s home church for several years. Not long after that, the minister at Louisville Baptist Church was getting ready to retire and he asked Gord to “shepherd his flock” when he retired. Gord has been the pastor at Louisville for nine years and he has also pastored at North Dresden Baptist Church for four and a half years. In addition, he volunteers on the executive of the Western Association of Baptist Churches. Marcy and Gord homeschool their daughter, teaching her that every day offers new learning opportunities. Marcy teaches at a high school in a nearby community. When she has free time she enjoys going for walks with her family, doing genealogical research, reading historical novels and local history books, learning about local architecture and exploring nearby provincial parks.

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