If you’re like me, you face a continual barrage of advice. There is always an abundance of quick fixes and remedies in the pages of newspapers and whenever you turn on the TV. And don’t even get me started on social media. There are plans and diets, programs and books—you name it, you can ‘fix’ it. And many of these ways aren’t bad. They’re just not complete.
To truly learn life lessons, you need to go to the Word. And that’s just what happened when a group of friends and I found when we began a study of women in the Bible that responded with generosity to God’s love. We all desired to be more generous—and so we went to Scripture to get started.
Learning from the Lives of Others
We met women of the Bible: Joanna, a wealthy woman who lived out her purpose in supporting Jesus’s ministry, and was at the tomb on Easter morning; Lydia, a businesswoman who thrilled at Paul’s story of Jesus; Mary Magdalene, who walked with the Lord and then spread His word to others; and more.
And we also met women of today: women who are living lives of radical generosity as they build schools in Africa; as they further the gospel in India; as they find ways to bless others in large and small ways every day of their lives.
Finding Purpose for our Paths
As we became ‘friends’ with these women of both history and today, we wrestled with how we could be more purposeful and passionate in our giving, how we could be more generous with our time, our talents, and our treasure. These women were—and are—our life lessons!
And as we became friends with these women, we also became a group of friends who are together discovering ways to further our individual generosity journeys.
Enjoy one of the stories of a modern day woman, Janice Worth, who found her purpose in giving.