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"The Grace of Giving"Stuart Jones “My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” —Marlo Thomas   Our generosity can be a window to our heart. What you give and to whom you give speaks about you, describes you and demonstrates where your priorities live. To proclaim support for ministries and missions is helpful, giving to those efforts truly meaningful.   In Luke 12:34 we read, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke didn’t say where you think your treasure is or where you want others to believe your treasure is located. Rather he said where your treasure is actually located, there is your heart. In a simple old phrase, actions speak louder than words.   As Christians giving should be important to us, not talking about it but actually doing it. Often a natural question to ask is “How much?” Here again we can find the answer in the scriptures. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver.”   Giving is your heart in action. Giving fuels the world of ministry and mission, both near and far.   Giving often means sacrifice but yields a great, priceless bonus. To give is rewarded by the love of God, an incredible return on an investment!   “Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.” – Colin Powell