Giving

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.

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I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

Posted on November 20, 2011, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi, giving doesn’t have to be a burden, it is a matter of the heart. When done correctly, giving is a reflection of receiving. We give because we have been given to.

    When we are focused on the spiritual, we are not attached to the physical. Which means it will be easier to give.

    The Lord wants our happiness and fulfillment based on our inward experience not the outward. We should be just as joyous, fulfilled and at peace, in a prison, in poverty or in hunger as it is when we are free in a land of plenty. That is what working out our salvation is all about- living in the Spirit. And not being dictated by the desires of the flesh.

    Blessings.

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