A few months ago while I was on the phone with her, I boasted about doing something I had never done before: I stayed within my monthly budget. In fact, at the end of the month I had $50 left over and had already planned on spending every cent of that money on make up. But she suggested something else: That I (prepare to gasp) give the money away! Which, after much, much, much, much, much, thought and discussion, I agreed to. “You’ll see,” she said. “Blessing is a boomerang.” To which I replied, “huh?”
Be Encouraged! Jesus Is Working!
Moments later I had written a check and mailed it off to a friend who was going through financial difficulties. In the envelope I placed a small note that read, “Be encouraged! Jesus is working!” And you know what? It felt good! This must be why Myra loves to give so much!
Unfortunately, I was only able to ride the wave of martyrdom for three days. Later on that week, I found myself crying in front of my computer overwhelmed by the amount of schoolwork I needed to complete. Then, I heard the familiar chime that indicated that I had gotten an e-mail. I looked up at my computer screen and saw that it was from my friend, thanking me for sending her $50. She attached to her e-mail the picture of the card I sent that read, “Be encouraged! Jesus is working!”
Tears began to stream down my face for a completely different reason. I know that I had written those words three days ago for this very moment. Jesus knew that I needed to be encouraged and that I needed to know that he was working right by my side.
After a moment, I decided to reply to my friend’s e-mail and only wrote four simple words, “Blessing is a boomerang.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38, NIV).
Jael Amador writes from New York.
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