Friday, January 28, 2005

The attitude of giving

I think one thing that keeps me from giving more is the thought that I have nothing to give. But when we take the eternal perspective we can see that it's not how much I give, but with what attitude - and that I actually give.

Mark 12:41-44 (ESV)
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

The attitude this woman had towards giving - giving her all joyfully even though it wasn't much.

The last couple days I remember when I was going into the Christian bookstore and a houseless man was outside begging. I told him, "I don't have anything." When I was inside browsing around I put my hand in my pocket and found I did have something, it was eleven cents. I took it out to that guy and said, "turns out I do have something." He thanked me and I saw tears in his eyes. It haven't realized until now what I gave him meant more than twenty dollars given without thought.

Galatians 2:10 (ESV)
Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

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