You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, October 28, 2013: Fully Devoted: Generosity in Our DNA, part one {Listen to the message HERE!}

By Hyacynth Worth

It seemed like they brought everything but the kitchen sink.

One by one, bag by bag, tool by tool, my mom, step dad and step brothers carried everything we’d need for a weekend of replacing our kitchen and laundry room floors into our home late Friday evening.

No detail was spared in the project — from the perfect-colored matching grout to the precisely placed porcelain tiles that took hours lay out. Nor was anything overlooked for the caring of the people — my mother came prepared with enough food to feed an army via crockpot and skillet, disposable plates and buckets for washing utensils. And all of it — the materials for the floor, the time and talent of laying the floor, the food — gifted to us in a loving act of generosity. This just days after John’s dad and our contractor friend offered to take out a wall to help the floor-laying process go more smoothly.

By Sunday morning before I left for church, I looked around my house and at the people who orchestrated the details of this weekend, grateful. And I looked around and thought about how completely excessive their gift to us was. It wasn’t just the beautiful floor, though, that left me so overwhelmed with gratitude. It was the combination of their treasures, their time, their talents given selflessly and joyfully and out of their own humble resources.

Selflessly and joyfully — there was no grumbling from my mom or step dad about how they would go from a hard-working week straight into a hard-working weekend and back into a hard-working week. Or of the two-hour drive it took to get them all here. Also, my parents are not people of great financial means. They are just hard-working people — the kind who pray to make ends meet and then bless someone else amid the hardest of times.

The lesson, though, didn’t fully sink in until I sat in the Sunday morning service and Pastor Joe defined the meaning of generosity: being excessively giving of your time, treasure and talent.

As I looked at the real-life example of true generosity unfolding in my home as I listened to a message about generosity where I normally would have considered myself in the good zone, I realized God still had a long way to go in transforming my heart.

Though I’m a willing, happy and generous giver of my treasures and often talent, I am still admittedly stingy and grumpy with certain other things Pastor Joe’s “Easy Test” — defining what we easily spend our time, talent and treasure on because they often are the hardest to give away — revealed to me: sharing my family and giving our time both joyfully and generously.

I thanked God for revealing that stronghold in my heart and asked Him to free me from it because I need freedom from it, especially as we embark on a mission this Christmas: hosting a 12-year-old orphan girl from Eastern Europe in our home for five weeks and supporting her emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically and mentally, all of which will be time consuming and demanding of my family.

As I ponder this challenge to my heart, I thank God for the real-life example that unfolded in my kitchen this weekend and for what it did to my heart. While having a beautiful new floor that isn’t falling apart is a lovely gift, the loveliest gift of all was seeing how true generosity — the giving of it all selflessly — can help heal a hurting world {this time my own struggling heart} and free us from the chains of that which wrongfully bound us in our own desires.

How can we emulate Christ’s generous way of “giving it all” this week?

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Hyacynth Worth is grateful daughter to the Perfect Father, wife to John and mother to two little boys and three souls she will one day meet in Heaven. In between mothering and coordinating online communication for Immanuel, she writes about grace, motherhood and living a healthy lifestyle at Undercover Mother.

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