My church is finishing a sermon series on giving tomorrow. I’ll be interested to see how it ends. The first week it was a pretty typical message on tithing. The second week was more on giving. Last week was on parents helping and teaching their children to give. I struggle with sermons about giving though, because if we give but just not at the risk of not meeting our own needs… wow. I really need so little of what I have. Not by the American stand point, but just in reality. I need shelter, but I don’t need a big house…. and I think about the poorer areas of Brazil I saw, where shelter was a lean to or a shack, and one room housed a family of six or more. I need transportation, but my feet would work well most days… and I think how many people would be glad to walk. I need food, but I wouldn’t need to go out to eat… and I realize how many will eat just a fraction of what I did today. It really puts things into perspective for me, as to how much I really have to be thankful for. And at the same time it makes me wonder if I’m really giving anything at all.