While my husband was in a commercial store yesterday, a young lady approached him, asking, “Aren’t you Brother Buxton?”
Seems many years ago my husband funded her so that she could attend the school he founded while he was pastoring New Life Center (now The Lighthouse) in Rialto, CA. She was so grateful, and before she left the store she came to him and asked if she could hug him. Jerry doesn’t even remember helping with her education.
When he told me about the encounter I thought of the scripture in Ecc. 11:1-2:
Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight, for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
It was a sacrifice of money and of time during those days of building the church school. He was already very busy for we were rearing our four children, and he was the lead pastor of the church with all the myriad, and sometimes complicated issues involved in such a job. But what glorious returns these small sacrifices have returned.
Today you may be feeling a bit drained, emptied out, and fatigued. You may be a giver who feels used, unappreciated, perhaps even overwhelmed. I’m here today to remind you that when you cast bread upon the water, it will return to you, and you will be blessed. Whether you’re ministering to your family, your church, a civic organization, or an art museum, the principle is consistent. Be encouraged, friend.