Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

God Deserves Our Best

A poor man vowed to give God a certain percentage of his income.  From his first week’s pay he gave one dollar.  But before long, pros­perity raised the sum of the gift to one hundred dollars a week, and in time, to five hundred dollars.

Initially his offerings brought intense joy.  But over time, he began feeling entitled to his prosperity.  He explained to a close friend that when he made the promise he only had to give a dollar, but now that it was five hundred he didn’t feel he could afford such extravagant giving.

His wise friend said, “I’m afraid you cannot get a release from the promise, but there is something we can do.  We can kneel down and ask God to shrink your income so that you can afford to give a dollar again.”

God deserves our best. Has he blessed you?  Ask Him how he might use you to bless others.

– Steve Arterburn

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. – William James

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. – Maya Angelou

I think when you’re very dedicated to something and you’re engaged fully, you become a giver. – Russell Simmons