We fully open our hearts to you, O God, as we give.

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Praise the Lord! Let my whole being praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with all my life; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

Psalm 146:1-2

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“You are doing what?” my buddies asked. “I am going to a camp as a counselor with three hundred teenagers,” I said. “Are you using your vacation?” they asked. “Yes, of course,” I replied. “You are nuts, man…”

Ok, maybe I was crazy. But what I couldn’t know before I went to camp was that I would receive far more than what I gave up in order to go. I received memories that I will have for the rest of my life. I got laughs so strong that my side hurt. I got to hear the struggles of these teens. I had so much fun, and it was life changing.

You see, here is the thing we tend to forget about giving: when we give, God produces joy. I had joy at that camp because I gave.

So, let me encourage all of you to give – to give your all. What you will receive back is a joy that is tenfold what you gave.

Andy Hart

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Glorious God, be with me as I give. Let me remember that what I give up is nothing compared to the joy I will receive in the giving. Amen.

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Someone once said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Go out today to make your life by giving.

Give love, give joy, give selflessly, give generously.

Give your all.

Andy Hart

Born in Philadelphia PA, Andrew Hart grew up in Wayne, PA. He went to college at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. Feeling the call from God, he went to Princeton Seminary. He served churches in South Carolina, Long Island, and recently the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring in Chambersburg, PA.

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