A Life of Generosity – Our Resources

Possessions and money. The almighty dollar. Ah, come on. You didn’t think I was going to leave this out, did you? This is actually one of my favorite things to talk about. I absolutely lu-huv giving financially. It is so much fun. So much fun. First and foremost let me say that the tithe is not a matter of generosity. It’s a matter of obedience. Don’t agree? Check out Malachi 3. Once that is happening in your finances, try increasing your giving percentage by a few points. Give to a missions organization or to a group that lends aid. When you are comfortable with that increase, raise it again. Send someone’s child to summer camp or buy school supplies for a needy family or take a friend out to lunch and spring for the bill. If you find yourself feeling pretty good about those things mentioned above, raise that percentage again. 10% should be the starting place, not the finish line. Here’s a crazy idea. Give a car away. Did I just say that? Seriously? A car? Yes, yes I did. Sure did. It’s extremely fun. Oh, and why don’t you go ahead and get the car cleaned before you take it to it’s new owner. And the oil change that is needed? Don’t make them do it. If you wanna have some real fun, fill the baby up with gas. You’ll be laughing all the way to the Conoco. For some of you, this is resonating within you. Heck, you’ve probably already started searching through your house to find things to give away. If I’m speaking your language, then give! And do it all year long…not just during the month of December. Any awesome giving stories that you’d like to share? They always pump up my faith so bring it!

3 thoughts on “A Life of Generosity – Our Resources”

  1. This is something that Terry has always been great at. And while I’ve never complained, I’ve never led the charge either.

    That is starting to change, and I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve never given away a car, but there’s a first for everything, right? =)

  2. Hey, I love it. A few years ago God led my husband to give away a car. He drug his feet on it and tried to sell the car (for a fraction of what it was worth). He finally obeyed and then he walked everywhere for 6 months (luckily he was in a small town). Finally, he bought a car it was, let’s just say, not great. Last year, some friends of ours told us they felt led to give him a truck they had. He still has that truck.

    Right now, we are trying to give away some matresses. I know, who wants used mattresses? We are hoping to find someone to give it to.

  3. I hate to admit that my track record in this area is not so good. God is changing my heart, though, and i am very thankful…

    Yes, I’m going to blog within your blog. Hope you don’t mind but I think you’ll find it worth it? Hope so…

    Living out of fear of not having enough is absolutely NO FUN, trust me! Wow, I could write a blog on THAT one.
    Since God has been working on me, I have gotten to experience the joy of giving when it is not expected. No birthday party, no anniversary, just because…..well, because the Lord TOLD me to!
    Just the other day, I posted some bikes we have on this ‘yahoo group’ called FREECYCLE. It’s a group you sign up for and people post stuff they need or want to get rid of, not too far from the Acts 4 church except it’s not a Christian organization!
    Stay with me here, it’s relevant…
    Anyway, I had a lady answer my ad and was so excited that she was going to be able to give her kids bikes for CHRISTMAS! A boy and a girl. The only problem was that they are two girl bikes. I mean REALLY girl bikes. “I’ll just spray paint one of them” she says. Well, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve done that, and it’s not too pretty…
    Dalton’sfirst bike was hot pink spray painted royal blue. Not too bad until the blue starts flaking off and you have a ‘distressed’ hot pink and blue bike for your firstborn son. (YIKES! I’m still apologizing for that one and he’s TEN!)

    Well, we made arrangements for her to come by and pick them up and I was feeling sorry for her already, envisioning their Christmas morning with the smell of fresh spray paint and rusty chain droppings near the fireplace. You get it.

    I felt the Lord saying, “Buy her new bikes”.
    Loud and clear.
    I didn’t even ask Him to repeat Himself.
    I marched my tight-wad hiney right to Academy, purchased two Huffys, one very rough and tumble boy bike and one sparkly pink and purple girl bike, even sprung for purple training wheels and iridescent handle streamers.
    I called her and told her I had the bikes with me, so we met in the parking lot of Burger King. A perfect stranger blessed by God by another perfect stranger. Just because He loves her and chose me to show it.

    I will be forever impacted and changed by that moment.
    Imagine that. The King of Kings goes to Burger King too.

    “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

    2 Corinthians 8:7

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