Chaplain (Maj.) Stephen Broadus
Chaplain Resource Manager
Easter has passed, so what do we do now?
During Easter, we reflected upon what sacrificial giving is all about. We remembered what love encompasses. We also remembered what giving really means.
These qualities apply to everyone; however, what would the world be like if we could love and give like God?
People need to be more giving of themselves, more often.
If you have not noticed, it is not in our nature to be so giving. However, it is commanded in Scripture to love thy neighbor as yourself, but we seem to be forgetting about our neighbors these days.
As we look back at Easter, we need to remember to give of ourselves and put others first.
Even in marriage, husbands are commanded to love their wives as Christ loved the church. God’s example is not about self, but about others. As God loves us, we are to give that love away to others.
Everything God gives to us he intends for us to give to others.
Sometimes, giving hurts. Yet, giving out of abundance does not require great sacrifice. Instead, giving sometimes requires us to make adjustments in our lives, and it’s what God requires of us, at times.
When was the last time you gave of yourself until you hurt? I ask that you seek an opportunity to set an example to those around you, to give of your time and or finances, in a way that requires a sacrifice.
I can recall, in my own life, when someone has given me financial support — even in his or her time of need. The appreciation I feel to this day is stained on my soul.
The world would be a different place if people would just love as it was meant to be.
I have told many young couples that to get love, you must give love. For some reason, this principle just does not always seem to register in their minds. They seem to think they are entitled to something before they have to give something.
This mentality of entitlement is also a reflection of our society. If God waited on us to love him, first, then the joy of Easter would not have happened.
May we learn to love. Little by little, may we give of ourselves sacrificially.
Take Easter with you everyday and never forget God’s message.