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
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