Small giving?

November 8th, 2013

I read a story today of a lady who was extrememly poor and often did not have enough money to live on. It was really tough for her over a long period of time.

But each week she would faithfully put $4.00 in the offering at her church. The Deacons knew it was from her said to her it might be better to spend the money on her family. Her reply was that it gave her dignity to give even in her extreme situation.

This story reminds me of years ago at a church I used to attend. Often I would help to count and record the offering. Each week there was an envelope with a $5.00 note and a $2.00 coin. No matter what time of the year it was, it was there.

There was something in the commitment of this offering that inspired me. It was small compared to many of the large cheques or cash amounts that were given, but it was always there.

If the person was away one week. Two identical evelopes would be there next week without fail.

As I type I am reminded of the Widows mite offering in the Temple (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4). What she gave did not amount to much in a commercial sense, but it was more than all the rest due to it was all she had to live on.

These stories remind me that it really is about our attitude in giving. God wants us to be cheerful givers who love to give and also see it as a reflection of our thankfulness for all He has given us and trust in Him for our future needs.

Let us purpose in our hearts to be generous and cheerful givers whether our offering is big or small in the eyes of others.

God Bless,