Thought of the day: Giving to Give.

Giving. In a me first society, its easy to say oh yeah I give. I gave $4 to the girl guides to get some of their cookies, I gave my empty bottles to the kids doing a bottle drive (plus it got them out of my house), etc. But how often do we give just for the sake of giving when we aren’t getting any thing out of it? What about when it costs us more then $4 or requires us to make sacrifices of our own? I came across a video this morning that I would like to share. It’s on one of my favorite new sites: Ilikegiving.com.

I Like Car from ILikeGiving.com on Vimeo.

I find myself wondering what the world would be if we were less concerned about ourselves, our finances and truly trusted that God can and will provide? At various points in my life I have been able to do just that…give unselfishly and watch God come through for my needs every single time. So why is it so hard to believe that when times are tougher, if he provided those times of plenty, will he not also provide in times of need?

In Matthew 6 Jesus reminds us that we do not need to worry as God is the ultimate giver and that if we follow that example, we will be cared for  : “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Now I’m not saying buy your friend 20 drinks on her birthday because she doesn’t have enough money to get trashed… the bible is pretty clear about being wise with what God has given you and I don’t think its particularly wise to enable someone in choices that may lead them farther from God. But that we are called to live generously, to be a light that points to the ultimate provider. To do what we can to help meet real needs, to help the orphan and the widow, the beggar and the outcast, friends and enemy’s alike to bring glory to God.

 

 

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