Giving Assignments

I love to give. I love to give when I have an abundance, when things are tight, and when I know without a doubt it is a giving assignment straight from God. I had one of those giving assignments recently.

I went to our local grocery store here in Waynesville to buy a side dish of vegetables so I didn’t have to cook any. I got into the hot meals counter line (Pick a meat and three sides) behind the only other customer. As I considered my choices (I picked the boiled cabbage with ham in it, if you were at all interested), this guy walks right up next to me. When I say next to me, I mean he walks right up beside me, not behind me, and our shoulders almost touched.

He looks over at me and says, “Are you going to buy me lunch?” I said, “Sure, I was just standing here hoping someone would allow me to buy them lunch. I am your guy.” He replied, “No way. I was just giving you a hard time. I couldn’t let you buy my lunch. I just like walking up to strangers and speaking to them and making new friends.”

I asked him his name and I gave him mine. Then I told him I had a little problem. I didn’t have any cash on me and I had more shopping to do. I REALLY wanted to buy his lunch, though. He said, “Don’t worry about it. I was just messing around but I will make a deal with you. I will let you off the hook from buying my lunch this time, but the next time I see you, you have to buy me dinner at — and he named an expensive restaurant in an adjoining town. I laughed and said, “Can you wait here for just a minute?” He said he would. I went out to my car, where I had a gift card for that very resurant I’d been driving around with for several months! I grabbed it and went back into the store and gave it to him. “Dinner is on me!” He freaked out. “No way! I can’t accept it. I was just joking.” I asked him, “How many people have a person walk up to him and ask him for dinner to a restaurant he just happens to have a gift card for in their car? God must really love you, sir.” He told me that he knew God loved him and that he was also sure that God loved me as well. He hugged me and walked away knowing we had just had a God encounter.

I’ve only felt compelled a couple times by Papa to give that specifically, that uniquely. But, each time Papa got talked about and the other person felt LOVED! I hope you have a similar encounter soon. For more on this subject,  go to

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Mature Inheritance

What if everything we need is waiting for us to step into our destiny and claim it? What if we stopped gauging what we could accomplish by the provisions we have, but lived from passion and purpose instead?

There is a concept in the Bible that I believe supports and even encourages us to live from this perspective. It is called; a “Mature inheritance”. Basically, this means that God has already stored up what we need and when our passion and purpose are combined, provision appears.

Let me show you a couple of examples of this in scripture.

After God created, Adam, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper for him.” He then has Adam name all the animals. When He finishes, God puts Adam to sleep and creates Eve. Now, when God created the helper for Adam, He didn’t present Eve to him as a baby. She was created as a mature woman, equal to Adam at his stage of life. Adam began to function in his role as God’s representative (naming the animals) and God brought a mature inheritance to him.

When the Children of Israel arrived at the “promised land” to receive the inheritance that God had promised them 400 years earlier, it was already mature. God told them they would live in houses they did not build and eat from crops they did not plant. God made sure the enemies of Israel had already prepared the land for them to inhabit. In this scenario, defeating your enemy, releases your mature inheritance.

Solomon desired to make God’s name famous. He wanted to build a temple—not for human royalty, but for Jehovah—something so spectacular that nothing in this world could rival it. Where would he get the gold, silver and precious stones to build the temple? His father David had led a campaign to raise the necessary resources for the temple before he died. When Solomon was ready to release his passion and his purpose, the provision was already there.

Let’s not wait around passively (myself included) hoping for the resources to do something amazing with our lives. Instead lets live with passion and faith, and who knows, when we get to our moment, everything we ever needed may already be there waiting on us. For more on this subject, go to





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