I remember when my parents decided to start tithing in our church. I remember it clearly because they increased our allowance slightly as well and suggested that we give a little to the offering plate each Sunday. Embarrassingly I admit that I never gave. That money went straight into my pocket.
I was surprised when my parents decided to tithe because we weren’t rich. Growing up, we never quite seemed to go without, but I was always conscious that we also did not have an abundance of wealth. My parents were always careful and very intentional about our finances, without being miserly.
When I pray through the Gospel reading today, I can’t help but think of the difference between the widow who gave two coins and the wealthy who gave their offerings. I want to be that widow, giving her whole livelihood with confidence, and yet I know I am more like the one who gives from her surplus. And for me, it isn’t just the financial offering, it is the other ways in which I give as well. I should give myself purposefully with deep faith that the Lord will continue to direct and provide, not just accept my leftovers.
How do I decide what time I give? How do I decide what energy to expend? Which relationships do I cultivate and develop? What professional or ministry avenues do I pursue? We have many opportunities to give of our time, talents, and treasures. Have I learned to say no to the areas, environments, or friendships that are not fruitful and yes to the places where the Lord is calling me to a deep generosity?
Sister, learning to say yes to the Lord, sometimes means learning to first say no. When we have said no to the world and entered into a deeper poverty, we can meaningfully say yes with utter dependence.Say yes with utter dependence. // @maryruthhackett Click To Tweet
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