Read: “Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value and are safe from thieves. If your profits are in heaven, your heart will be there too.” Matthew 6:19-21 TLB)
Reflect: As we continue to walk forward in our Cannonball series, I’ve been prayerfully considering my response. I’ve realized that when I had to start paying tuition for my kids, money was tight but I made it work. When volleyball fees were more than anticipated, money was tight but I made it work. When I was hit with a tax bill from the previous year, I made it work. Even when my mortgage ballooned, I regrouped and made it work. I am constantly stretched financially with my giving and bills, yet God’s faithfulness has always carried me. However, now that I am presented with the opportunity to be generous by making meaningful contributions that advance the work of God’s kingdom here on earth, all of a sudden I am paralyzed with fear. I keep telling myself that I’m just not sure how to make this work.
While I took the initial leap of faith with my advance commitment, it seems I jumped in wearing a life-jacket, bringing a prop just in case God needed help. I now believe God is calling me to surrender my life-jacket (my fears). He is calling me to go deeper and perhaps to even jump again. Faith has allowed me to jump once. Now that I am all in, I believe that trusting his Word will transform my frantic thrashing into surrendered movements that will make joyful waves for God’s glory.
React: Do your patterns of giving and spending align with scripture? Do your “make it work” moments only happen with emergencies or must-haves? How can you chose a “make it work” attitude when it comes to generosity?
Pray: God, I’m still listening. Break me open so that I can pour out blessings for your glory. Transform me through my giving.