Psalm 144: 3-4, "LORD, What are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow."
I Chron. 29:14, 14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand."
I have read two books back to back that have challenged me profoundly in the area of giving. One is called One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber and one is called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Perhaps you've heard of Crazy Love? I think most everyone has by now. Let's just say I am a bit late in reading it, but it's been perfectly timed for me to read it in tandem with One Simple Act. Two books in a row that both zero in on giving? Random coincidence? I think not--
These two verses challenged me as I read them so I wanted to share them with you. The second verse builds on the first. We're only giving what was never ours. And who are we anyway? With this in mind, how can we not give generously and enthusiastically?
If you're struggling financially right now, don't let this post be a guilt-inducing post. Let it be an inspiring post-- something to set your sights on for the future. I think if we're getting out of debt just so we can be financially free, then there's no point to it. But if we're getting out of debt so we can better care for those we love and reach out to those in need, well that's the game-changer. We can pray for the ability and resources to give, then praise God when we reach that point.