The title of my daily devotion yesterday was “It’s All a Gift”. The article talked about a classy café in London called “Café Rendezvous” where everyone who comes in eats for free. There are no prices and even no donation jar. Walk in, order what you want, eat, and leave. What a wonderful concept!
Reading this brought to mind something I tried some years ago. About 15 years ago, I built a facility in Ghana and decided to offer free daycare to children from poor families. I registered the business as a non-profit and even bought a van and put “Free Daycare” on it. The intention was to transport these children to the facility on a daily basis to give the poor working mothers a needed respite so they could earn money to support their families. I worked on recruiting children, but then I had to return to the U.S. I handed over the reins of the business to a friend who tried to make it a for-profit venture for himself. Subsequently, I gave the facility to a church, and to this day, they still worship there at no cost to them. I do get lots of free payers, which I very much need.
I recount this story, because, according to the manager of the Rendezvous Café, “we’re just trying to treat people the way God treats us”. During this season of giving, we must realize that EVERYTHING we have is a gift from God – none of it belongs to us. We have what we have because of God’s generosity, and we should be thankful.