ICYouth: A Word about Catching “The Gives”

Every Friday, we’re taking a peek at how God is working in the lives of our impact students. These servants of Jesus are walking daily by faith as they navigate the hallways and relationships inside their school walls and beyond. Our weekly series will highlight what God is up to in their lives in their voices. Leave them some encouragement by commenting?

by Gracie Adamek

So for the past few weeks at iMPACT, we’ve been talking about living a generous life.

I generally like to give to others but since starting this series, The Gives {about living a generous life}, I’ve realized that I’m not as generous as I would like to think I am.

I’m actually really selfish!

And I’ve always known that I’m selfish, but I think that I was judging myself more through the world’s eyes and not through God’s.

To this world, its easy to make myself look good by letting people borrow my things and lending people money sometimes.

But to God? I’m not at all as generous as I need to be. This world’s view of generosity and how “good” people are is strewn because people aren’t as concerned with God’s standards. When you give to others, you give to God, right?

Imagine Jesus was sitting right in front of you. Wouldn’t you want to give him everything without him even having to ask? But when we don’t give to others (that being money, time, food, clothes), we don’t give to Jesus.

There is a story, Matthew 19:6-22, about a guy who asks Jesus how to ensure he’ll go to heaven. Jesus says the man must keep the commandments; the man presses him, and Jesus tells him to sell all of his possessions. ┬áThis guy was rich and was really sad at hearing this because he had many possessions. I’ve been thinking about how God wants us to serve and give with a happy heart, not feeling like its a chore.

I don’t like doing things if I feel like I have to or I’m supposed to, so I think that God wants me to realize that giving and helping others shouldn’t feel like a chore!

If I’m really being Jesus to others, I should WANT to give everything I can.

Gracie Adamek is a junior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God one hundred percent through this!