Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you might know that I recycle. On my most recent trip to the recycling center in our town, I realized something. People who recycle are nice. Now, that doesn’t mean that if you throw your plastics away in a regular trash bin that you are mean. I have just found on my monthly visits to deliver my recyclables that most, if not all, of the people who go there are relatively happy people. Usually, I have to wait in line to distribute my cans to the can bin and my cardboard to the cardboard bin. When I do, I just wait patiently because it’s part of the drill. And others are equally patient as I unload my bins. I always look up with an apologetic look on my face and they nod with an It’s alright facial expression. We recyclers know this is just part of it. If I could guess why this is the case I would say it’s because most people who recycle are thinking about something other than themselves. Because to recycle our used household products, takes a little bit of inconvenience. Inconvenience for this world and future generations. For me, it takes separate bins in my garage since I live outside the city limits. But, I do it. Not because I think that my recycling will save the world, but because I believe my recycling will save a part of it. And I’m happier for it. While I have no idea how long we’ll be on this earth and when my Savior will return, I believe it is my responsibility to participate in the ways I can. Recycling is just one way I do it. Not only am I happy when I recycle, I am happy when I give in other ways whether it be ministering to others or giving of our financial resources to meet needs or just thinking about people more than I think about myself. What about you? Are you happy? If not, check your giving quotient.