Walking in God’s Favor: But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. II Corinthians 8:7 NIV
Hope Is being The Light, When Surrounded by Darkness
During these unprecedented times of COVID-19 many people are looking for hope. For many living rooms have become offices or class rooms. You can become a positive ray of hope by giving your time, encouragement and wisdom to others.
Among my family of orgin (Michael), our sister Vonseal’s life illuminated a spirit of hope. If you had big dreams or goals, she would become your biggest cheerleader. Even when others gave up on you, Vonseal continued to pour love, encouragement, and wisdom into you. She was a giver of hope.
April 21, 1954 – October 13, 2015
I can personally say, having Vonseal as a sibling was a tremendous blessing in my life. She supported and encouraged me (a young punk kid) to graduate high school and become the first person in our family to earn a college degree.
She was a tremendous blessing to our family, to a community of friends, and the world is a better place because she passed through it. Vonseal was a generous giver of her time, and she was a generous giver of her love and hope to her family and friends.
When You Give Hope, Anything Is Possible
In our book “Stewardship of Wealth” we describe Level 4 Stewards as generous givers. They are generous in giving of their time, they are generous in sharing of their talents, and they are generous in giving of their financial resources. Many of you have people in your lives or know someone who embodies the spirit of giving hope.
Ardella and I can personally acknowledge, whatever we give generously and cheerfully to God, He multiplies it back to us in so many ways. Jesus said in Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap”. We are passionate about sharing our Financial Peace journey with meaningful others.
Give More To The World, Than The World Gives To You
Level 4 stewards are not only gracious givers, they are motivated out of their love for God and for people. The heart of the faithful steward says, “All that I have is Yours, Lord.” When you choose to give because of your love for God, He pours His favor all over your life. If you are seeking God’s favor all over your life, begin giving generously from a place of love.
As faithful stewards, you are examples all day, everyday, no excuses of God’s sustainable love for you. God loves you so much, He generously gave up His Son. His Son, Jesus Christ, loves you so much, He generously gave up His life. What are you willing to generously give up to make a difference in the lives of others and the world?
Prayer of Blessing: Lord empower us with Your spirit of giving.
Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast a hub for all things parenting, marriage, and self improvement. The president of the AIIA 2020 Convention & Trade Show and financial & benefit risk manager for Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.