I recently wrote about being a cheerful giver. If you missed it, here is the link: https://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/god-loves-a-cheerful-giver/
In that post I did not mention how I came to use that term in my life. When I was in 8th grade, our teachers had us create a show to perform for the school. I will put the story about THAT in another post—it may take a couple of posts. But in that show, one of the songs we performed was God Loves a Cheerful Giver. There are a few songs by that title. But I am inserting the lyrics for the version we performed. If you were here today, I would sing it for you—and maybe even do the dance we did. 😉
God Loves A Cheerful Giver
R- God Loves a Cheerful Giver Give it all you’ve got,
He loves to hear you laughing when your in an awkward spot.
When the odds add up against you, It’s time to stop and sing,
Praise God, to praise Him is a joyous thing
1. Peter always made a fuss Peter was impetuous
He knew hard times when he denied his Lord.
But hardly had he fallen When he sat right up began again,
Christ named him the rock, As his reward.
2. Jonah was a gloomy sort
He always had a sad report
He ran from God, he ran and he set sail.
His journeys end was quiet abrupt,
A fish came by and swallowed him up,
He spent three dark and dreary days
Inside a whale.
3. Holy Job was richly blessed
He lost it all but stood the test
For Job was steadfast in his misery.
God gives to me, he takes away
Blessed be the name of God this day
And he was doubly blessed for his fidelity
So, that song is how I got the phrase “God loves a cheerful giver, give it all you’ve got” permanently placed in my mind, heart, and soul. As you know from reading my blog there are times in my life when I have made an impetuous fuss, saying “hummmmph to my difficulties and hummph to my Lord” as if to say “how dare I Have to have difficulties”! Yeah—sometimes a grown up , sometimes a brat .
Through it all, I get back up. That, after all is the point. I throw the tantrum much less often. I face the difficulty head on much more often. I try to be cognizant of the fact that the world needs a LOT of cheerfulness. Oh happy day—it is time for the Tiggers and Snoopys of the world to unite and do their happy dances.