Week 5 - Part A
Another week of life usurping my time with the Navigating Your Finances God's Way and our small group gathering - I guess Easter evening not the best time for such things. We are scheduled for later this week - so I better get caught up on my reading!! Though, truth be told, it is not really difficult for me to be drawn into this study. The text, scriptures and questions are not only engaging but also RELEVANT!
This week is GENEROSITY ... as Jesus teaches, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35) I have often thought of myself as generous to a fault, it will be interesting as we move through this chapter if others would see me that way too. It will also be interesting to discover if my generosity has played any role in where we are financially - both to the positive and the negative. Without reading a word - I am going to speculate on something. My giving when done with the purest of intentions and through the counsel of the Holy Spirit - I would imagine have been a blessing to us; just as when my giving has been purely for show or recognition, while it surely blessed the receiver was not a blessing to me or our family's financial well-being. **As an aside and in case I wasn't sure this was a Holy Spirit driven moment ... after completing the typing of that last thought, my eyes gazed out the window ANDthe Fidelity Truck drove by! **
Being generous, I just read in Navigating Your Finances says, "is a journey that takes time." While I touted my giving above, I would be remiss to share how difficult this generosity can be at times. Especially when are finances are dire and there is still weeks before Kevin's next paycheck! It is a journey to TRUST in the blessings of being generous. Although I feel I am more stingy with my time than my money; there have been months where sharing our treasure has not come easily. In addition, if I am honest, it is also much easier for me to give when I can witness the fruits of my donations than when I can not.
Now for me to contemplate how I balance my giving in the following areas:
How can I be a good Samaritan and a good steward at the same time?
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