Sometimes helping other people can become so overwhelming that it turns into a major inconvenience and we end up stressing over it to the point that we forget why we’re doing it. And when this happens, the joy of giving is lost.
When we decide to do something, there are two things that we need to understand.
First, God tells us to count the cost before we elect to do it. So, if we then decide to go ahead with it, we have to focus on what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Too often our joy is stolen because the thing we’re doing is costing us more money than we planned or more time than we want to give. But we have to remember that the issue is not us; it’s not what we’re having to give now but what that person we’re helping is going to get because of it.
Secondly, there is a joy that comes with helping people and it’s not our own reward but it’s knowing that we let God work through us so He can do something for someone else. And if God is working through us, then we have to believe that He’ll give us what it takes to get the job done.
So, when we get caught up doing things for people and are about to complain, remember that we do everything unto God, through God, because of God and with God. There is joy in helping others when we take our eyes off of ourselves.
“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity for God loves a cheerful giver.” …1 Cor. 9:7