It’s time for me to fess up. About what? Something scandalously juicy? Expecting the worst of me? Sorry to disappoint. No murders. No bank robberies. At least not yet!
I may not be alone with this, but when it comes to money, I can be a tad squeaky tight. I’d rather think of myself as determined and focused, careful and prudent. Others may think of me as a cheapskate, a penny-pinching skinflint, a regular Jack Benny. Nasty bunch! By the way, did anyone see that 10 cents off coupon I misplaced? Or that penny I found in the Walmart parking lot?
Having survived some nasty financial ups and downs (and who hasn’t?) has left me with a few scars. Excuses? Possibly. Probably. But, cutting myself some slack while looking squarely in life’s mirror, frivolous spending is not in my DNA.
We’re cautious giving to Christian causes. Appropriate? I think so. Must feel comfortable with who or what we’re giving to. Fraud stories abound, even among God’s folk.
For better role models, read 2 Corinthians 8. Jesus’ Corinthian followers could never be labeled as tightwads. They’re described another way–as overflowing in generosity; giving way beyond their means; begging to give more. Their heart’s in the right place.
Read 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15 for yourself. See what I mean? Sound like you or me? Must speak for me–not quite. I admit that I’m getting better at giving. We’ve found Christian mission groups, including our local church, that we love to give to. Passionately.
Plus, I keep praying to Jesus to increase my giving. Stretch me… but maybe not too much! I may never match the description of those bighearted Corinthian believers, yet following their lead is the way to go.
I feel better. Confession has been good. Even better for those in need of Jesus’ help…through giving… from me and you.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving all of yourself for me. Amen.