whoever sows generously will also reap generously…(2 Co 9:6).
My husband has taught me the value of being a generous giver. If I could be quite honest, prior to having my husband stretch and grow me in this area I was quite stingy and didn’t often lean towards generosity. Sure, I gave my tithe and did so gladly, but to give in great abundance felt scary to me. It’s amazing to me how sometimes I get anxious about giving a little extra because I fear that something bad might happen.
Yet, God reminds us that whenever we sow generously, we too will reap generously. If you’re wondering why God isn’t providing for you maybe its because He’s asked you to help provide for someone else first. God loves a cheerful giver and He also loves a giver who is willing to go first.
I’ve always been very good at budgeting, making sure money was going where it needed to go without overspending. My money-wise planning has proved helpful, but sometimes, I’ve noticed it creates a bit of unhealthy control in me. My need to “stick to the budget” makes me stingy and less generous sometimes. There are many times when my husband wants to give to help someone, but my heart says, “But….that’s our money.” I have to fight against this mentality and come with an open hand towards God instead.
It’s true that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. This is true for those of us who struggle with holding onto it as well. Those of us who lack a truly generous heart because fear sometimes speaks louder than faith. Yet, because of my husbands giving and generous Spirit I have watched my own heart grow in generosity as his kindness has challenged me to let go. I have often to tell myself, “Heather, don’t be controlling, be generous,” whenever my husband wants to be more generous.
God will always place people, circumstance and situations in our lives that press into the areas we need to grow the most. Don’t push those people or circumstances away. Instead, embrace them knowing they are not a burden, but a gift from God to make you more like Jesus and less of a control freak.
Lord, today I want to be generous. Generous of my time, energy, emotions and money. I don’t want to be stingy. Help me to live as one who loves to give and not one who loves to hold on, in Jesus name, Amen.