Friday, April 10, 2009

Giving... truly more blessed?

Ok, first know that giving comes naturally to me. Hubs frequently has to help me balance our needs with those of others. It is a balance, isn't it? We do have a responsibility to take care of our families, but what does that truly require? Food, adequate shelter, clothes - the basic needs. What else is needed? Computer, cell phone, DVR, cable, flat-screen tvs? I'm not saying these are bad, but the more we own, the more we are enslaved to it. Homeowners should understand this concept. When you rent, you don't have to do maintenance. When you own, there is always something that needs to be fixed, replaced, repainted, etc. I only use that as an example, not to diminish owning a home, because I do believe in home ownership.

But what if we all gave a little more to others. Just others who could use what is sitting around our home. Or what if we gave a little of our (sniff) Starbucks money every month to providing clean drinking water to starving children? Why do we hang on to money and "stuff" like our lives depend on it? We focus too much on the temporal.

Flip-Flop Your Concept of Giving! This book made me think! Where do I want my treasure to lie? Here on Earth? In eternity? Giving changes us....AND those around us!!!

Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources. Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. Discover a joy more precious than gold!


Hit 40 said...

The whole economy "thing" is really screwing over the 3rd world. Donations have stopped. It is very sad. Folks are truly starving to death. I have never heard of an American starving to death!! Our definition of poverty in America is truly warped. Sorry to vent on your lovely Easter thoughts. Very nice!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I think these are perfect thoughts for Easter weekend, and always. Thanks for sharing such warm-fuzzies.

Debbie said...

I need to read this. I will admit, ashamedly, that I am not always as generous as I should be.