I was going to post a video and be done with it, but I decided to write about giving. It’s what I’ve been thinking and talking and reading about lately, so why not?
Last week, a friend and I were talking about how nice it would be to be known for your giving. ACTUALLY I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to go around telling people that you’re a giver, but if you have to be known as SOMETHING, it might as well be that. Am I right? The problem is that you really have to give. And while I TRY to be sensitive to the needs around me, I mean – last year we attempted the YEAR of Giving Dangerously – I’ve realized something kinda sad. I give out of excess. I can remember sitting with JD at a banquet and thinking about the check we were going to write, really pondering just HOW MUCH to give. So we wrote a check. And suffered nothing for it. We didn’t stop going out to eat, didn’tstay home from movies, nothing.
Is giving out of excess really giving? If I give away clothes that don’t fit, or a television that’s been replaced with a newer and better model, what am I doing really??? I’m cleaning out my house. And if we write a check for money we don’t miss, is it giving or just lame? Where’s the sacrifice?
The bible has a lot to say about money, including something about sacrificing the BEST, and giving the first fruits. A friend told me about a family that keeps a jar on their table. Every time they decide to spend money on eating out or going to a movie, they put the same amount of money in the jar. If they can’t afford to do the entertainment AND the jar, they don’t go. Then every month they donate the money to a different missionary. I think it’s a pretty cool idea. I don’t know what we’ll do, but I want to do MORE in this area.
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Have a great Sunday!