As we are entering the holiday season, I am going to continue talking about giving. It can be so easy to be consumed by the commercialism that we have surrounded Christmas with, that we forget we are here to make a difference. We are here to give to others things they need to survive.
Oftentimes, we don’t think we can give. We see all the money that goes out and not enough coming in. There is an easy solution to this. Start small: $10 the first month, if that is all we can. I guarantee anyone reading this will want to give more after that. If we all give small, but consistently, it will add up.
Once we start down the path of giving more, there is a snowball effect. We give a little the first month and then a slightly higher amount the next month. Our outlook begins to change and we see eternity more clearly. Our eyes open and we see what those amounts are doing and how lives are being changed. $5 a month feeds a child with No Hungry Children. Through Food for the Poor, $3.65 a month feeds a child. The Hope Effect is changing the way orphans are being cared for, and you can be a part of it for $10 a month. There is always Compassion International. You can sponsor a child for $38 through them. Your church will change lives with whatever you give them! There are so many price points, and many of them are low.
If you are telling me you don’t have enough to be able to give extra, that you are barely making it with what you have, I will tell you there is always a little more. Even if you can’t give up something you normally buy to free up money, you have some to give. Think about the story Jesus told where the widow gave all she had. Mark 12:41-44: “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
A quarter here. A dollar there. It all adds up in God’s economy. He knows the state of your heart and values it over the size of your wallet. Trust that your giving is enough and never stop doing it.
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