Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a story of a teacher in Kenya who lived his life giving away much of what he earned and was recently blessed with a big prize. Peter Tabichi is a high school science teacher in a small town in Kenya and over his career has given away most of his earnings to the poor. In his town, almost a third of children are orphans or have only one parent and drought and famine are common. This month, he was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize and with it $1 million. However, because he has lived a life of giving when he has had little, with this $1 million prize, he plans to help build his school a library and laboratory as well as feed the poor. His goal is to use this money to improve the educational experience for students of his town in order to give them a chance to qualify for higher learning experiences.
Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Some may read this selfishly, thinking “Ok, all I have to do is start giving and then I will be blessed.” However giving in order to receive is not giving at all. Giving in order to be blessed isn’t about personal gain, it’s about learning to give when we have little before we are blessed with a lot. When we show God that we give with no reservations nor expectations, only then will God bless us with more so that we can give even more. Today, consider your giving practices and how they could be improved in order to bless others.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." – Luke 6:38 NIV