For the past few weeks, God has really been driving home the importance of generosity and relying on God with money. It’s a hard lesson to learn, and I’ve got a long way to go. This time of my life is the first time that I have been making as much money as I am currently making, and also the first time that I have had this many expenses and been responsible for my own livelihood. Therefore, it is important that I learn now to trust God more and live a generous life now, beginning a pattern for the rest of my life. A really cool analogy that I heard at church today was that God’s grace is the lightning, and our giving is the thunder. So, when God’s grace hits our heart and we begin to realize the full measure of who God is and what he has done for us, the natural response is for us to give what we have to Him in a way that shows his love to others. Thinking about it like this, giving is really a privilege.
Right now, I am reading a booklet called The Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. I highly recommend it. Basically, he asserts that our relationship with money can be a false sense of security. When we remove money from a place of power in our lives, it allows us to have a lot or to have little and still be completely dependent on God.
Based on the lessons I am learning, this week’s suggestion of how to change the world is to participate in God’s story through living a generous life. As an old professor of mine would say “live with an open hand”.
If you’re like me, this won’t be comfortable. I look to money for security more often than not. However, I am learning that a generous life is so worth it. Although it’s cliche, we cannot out-give God, and who knows what the ripple effects of our generous life may be? True expressions of God’s love have a way of multiplying beyond our wildest dreams.