Welcome to the thirty-second (and last) Faith Lutheran Daily Devotion for this Stewardship season!

The Joy of Generosity by Jim Schieble

1 Peter 4:10-11

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

There is a great need in the world that can be filled by something that we all possess…our time. Who has not felt the need for a friend to share life with? Who has never felt lonely? Discouraged?

With today’s communication tools we can reach out by text, email, web posts and phone calls to easily offer a: How’s it going? How’s your mom doing? How you feeling? What’s the doctor saying? Congratulations! Happy Birthday! Nice work on that spaghetti dinner! Enjoyed lunch with you yesterday, let’s do it again!

We all need these connections and sources of encouragement to feel that we matter to others. Relationships are the fuel of life. Reach out and demonstrate your care for others by being encouragers and gentle listeners. This kind of generosity goes a long ways!

Lord, help me lay aside my busy-ness and be aware of the people around me who need my presence, my encouraging words and my open ears. Amen