Day 27, "The Heart of a Giver"
I definitely can't condemn Driftwood in any way concerning its giving. Our church has shown me time and time again just how generous the people can be. Even so, I am sure that there are some who feel like they should give, but for some reason or another simply don't. Maybe they feel like they can't. Like the devotion pointed out, it's not about how much we give but rather the condition of our heart in the process.
I kinda compare it to when Leslie and I go out to eat sometimes. If we go somewhere that requires a tip for the waiter/waitress we usually leave about a 20% tip give or take depending on the service. Sometimes, however, for no real reason we just feel generous and leave and extra big tip (Big in our mind anyway). I don't say this to brag, but the feeling we get when we do that is a great one because we wanted to bless that person with what is, in the grand scheme of things, really a pretty small gift. Leslie and I receive joy for doing that. So I wonder... what if every now and then, instead of getting out the checkbook and writing the standard check for X amount of dollars we wrote a check that was just more than typical because we WANTED to do something more to bless the church?
Again, Driftwood has shown me time and time again its generosity. Generosity that I have often been the beneficiary of. But every now and then maybe we ought to give something extra not because the church or our own conscience demands it but because we just want to bless God with a cheerful, giving heart.
Mike @ DCC