Lesson 1 Giving a gift that is cherished by the receiver and the give

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Every time we have an opportunity to reach out, we have a choice to be cheap and easy, look good to ourselves and others, and move on without a thought OR to take time, use prayerful consideration, and really discern the needs of the recipient to design and produce a gift that actually touches the heart and means something, especially if that person is in need.... More than just passing on cast offs, our Bible character sought to design and produce clothing widows and orphans actually needed and unlike our animal character, she did not begrudge the time and effort it took to truly be a friend and provider for others. Generosity... giving a gift that is cherished by both the giver and recipient.

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Giving a gift that is cherished by the receiver & the giver. :

Giving a gift that is cherished by the receiver & the giver.     A man who hath friends must show himself friendly;& there is a friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24   Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 276-339 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin No. 3-31, various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 1 vs. Stinginess

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Unsociable Native to dry, semi-dry NA sandy areas Live about 2 years in the wild From Scripture… Devoted to meeting the needs of widows Quietly demonstrated faith with love Greatly mourned upon death

The Kangaroo Rat:

The Kangaroo Rat dipodomys (2 footed mouse) spectabilis (visible, worth seeing, notable, remarkable) One of 22 species… The white tip on the end of the tail waves as the animal moves around, giving this rise to both its common name, Banner-tailed, and its Latin scientific name, " spectabilis .”

The little bannertail…:

The little bannertail … *Stays close to home *Gets moisture from seeds *Builds large earthen mounds *Has complex burrow systems *Usually gentle & timid *Will fight furiously to defend its territory from invasion by other kangaroo rats *Foot-drums on top of the mounds warns *Sand bathes to clean its fur & to scent-mark territory

On being a kangaroo rat…:

On being a kangaroo rat… You are born in a deep burrow Born naked, blind,& hairless & your 3-5 siblings are on your own in about 3 or 4 weeks You have many enemies, but run (17’/sec!), swerve, & jump out of the way very quickly Your feet are uniquely suited for sand (which you kick into a snake’s face to get away) You are NOT at all generous with your food or your territory…You are a nocturnal loner

Giving cherished gifts to the poor & needy…:

Giving cherished gifts to the poor & needy… *The church was recovering from Saul’s intense persecution *Joppa, a Roman seaport filled with widows of seamen… *One person saw & quietly built love into each relationship… Acts 9:36-42 *That choice changed lives…

Who Am I? ~a Kangaroo Rat or Dorcas? :

Who Am I? ~a Kangaroo Rat or Dorcas ? Having stuff is ok… but hoarding is not… what has your heart? Stuff is not relationship; using stuff to help others & meet needs is… At her return, ”many believed”~ Acts 9:42 Her behavior, attitude, & benevolence pointed to the Lord; Peter confirmed this when he prayed for her… & so should our lives point to “the friend that sticketh closer than a brother”

The Shunammite woman’s life shows clearly the lasting & repeating dividends of generous hospitality... :

The Shunammite woman’s life shows clearly the lasting & repeating dividends of generous hospitality... A man who hath friends must show himself friendly; & there is a friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

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