The following true story is a display of God in our life that I long to remember and have impact my future actions.
When Brad officially committed in December to go to Uganda in January (note that short time frame) he didn’t really count the cost of missing the NFL playoffs but he count the financial cost. He decided he would pay for it. God has blessed us to be a blessing.
Much to our amazement and God’s glory, the cost of Brad’s trip was covered by people who gave generously. They were “planting crops.” Other than Brad suggesting to one person that they could donate to his trip if they would like, he asked no one else. A handful of people gave enough to cover his $1,500 airfare, expenses while there, and $600 worth of shots. Does that just not have God written all over it? We continue to be blessed to be a blessing. Praise God!
While Brad was in Uganda, I listened to a challenging sermon on 2 Corinthians 8 & 9. It seemed to apply amazingly well to how God provided for Brad’s trip. Here’s an excerpt for you:
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
Now that’s a mouthful. Let’s unpack it. He says:
And God is able (that’s the word from which we get our English word “dynamite.” He’s got the power. He’s got the power to do what? He says God has the power)
…to make all grace abound to you, (Overflow to you. Whatever your grace container is, God has the power to fill it to where it’s overflowing, more grace than you could possibly need, to abound to you. Why?)
…so that (now and then having? No! always!)
…always having (some sufficiency? No!)
…all sufficiency (the word sufficiency is the word translated “content” in 1 Timothy 6—that we would have always what we need in order to be content in a few things? No! that’s not what it says)
…in everything, you may have (a little? No! you may have)
…an abundance (for a few things? No!)
…for every good deed;”
Check out the above link if you’d like to listen or read the entire message on 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.