January 09, 2019

Infinity Scarves

Philippians 2:5-8

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

—  Philippians 2:5

I am sitting on the front porch of a house in our town enjoying bacon butter tarts and watermelon with someone who inspires me. Her name is Natalia, and she is nine years old. She is a wonderful young lady with a big heart. She has the desire to help others.

Her eyes light up as she talks about her passion to help people. When I asked her why, she said, “Because God loves people and doesn’t want them to go hungry—and I can help. I don’t want people to go hungry either.” Her donations from knitting and selling scarves reached over $350 this year and helped a local food bank, our church’s food programs, and an organization helping people with autism.

As I think of Natalia’s generosity, I am reminded of the passage in Philippians about the generosity of Jesus.

Jesus, who had everything in heaven, was willing to come to our messy planet to live with imperfect, broken human beings like us. He was willing to share with us in abundance. He came without all the splendor of heaven so that he could relate to us in our common, everyday lives and give us hope and love.

What Jesus modeled to us, in giving himself, is what we can model to others as we walk similar streets to share his love with people today.

Thank you, Jesus, for being generous with us. Thank you for showing us how to be generous with others. Help us to see the needs of others and to respond in the ways that you have modeled for us. Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Beth Fellinger is the pastor of Destination Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She and her husband have been involved in ministry in large urban centers and small rural communities. Beth has served in three church plants and a church rebirth as well as in established churches. She loves her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She is a cancer survivor twice over and celebrates life every day. She believes strongly in the local church and what a church committed to Christ, missions, and its community can accomplish. She has an enthusiastic vision of how the church can reach out and share the good news of Jesus with others.

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