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The past two weeks in Sunday school we have been talking about giving. By giving – I mean financial giving above and beyond your tithe (which is a whole different post!). Bill and I have different a different opinion on the matter than most people in our class. It really brings us back to the question posed to us a few years ago by our Community Group leader, Kristian. “If you have 6 million dollars and give away 3 million are you generous?”  It was interesting to me that the consensus in class yesterday was that you should give a higher percentage of your income as your income increased.

Luke 21: 1-4 “He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘ This poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

Bill and I are super cheap – I mean, it hurts for us to spend money. But I have been convicted lately about this attitude towards money. It is not healthy and it is not Godly. It is one thing to be wise with your money but it is another thing to value your money to the point you don’t want to let it go. This type of attitude is more aptly called – idolatry.

Bill’s first job after college was with Dave Ramsey and a requirement of employment is to go through his Financial Peace University classes. This was probably one of the best things we could have done as a young married couple. It really put us on the right track for the rest of our lives. We are now wise with our money and are prepared for unexpected expenses – like Will’s trip to the ER and the few months were Bill was in between jobs.

Proverbs 27:12 “A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks, and suffers the consequences.”

Over the years we have taken what we learned in those FPU classes to be wise about our finances and it has put us in a position to be able to give – and usually give generously. Do we always do a good job about giving with a “cheerful heart?” No, but we try.

I would say that one aspect that we don’t align 100% with Dave is on wealth building. Yes, we want to save and invest for our future so that we are not a burden to others but probably not to the point of being a multi-millionaire or leaving a huge sum of money for our children. I truly believe that God entrusts us with financial resources so we can bless others – and to do it extravagantly. (Note: We do know that Dave is very, very generous in his personal giving.)

I do not intend to be controversial on this topic – it is just a few thoughts that have been running through my mind the past few weeks. I welcome your input on the topic – and would very much appreciate if you could back up your opinions with Scripture. I am still “investigating” and searching Scripture on this topic.

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4 Responses to “Giving”

  1. katy says:

    i love your thoughts! this is a continual journey for us as well. we are always trying to challenge ourselves with questions regarding the motivation behind our money use and savings.
    i’m so encouraged by the way you and bill are thinking through this too!

  2. AbbasGirl says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. We are sorting through a lot of the same questions and ideas. I think for me a large part of it is learning to be dependent upon God–and no other. It is very easy for me to use money as a crutch and create my own security instead of relying on God. But when I finally do let go a little bit and rely upon Him instead, it is so freeing! Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Amber says:

      Thanks for teaching yesterday! It is a “topic” that we always need to be challenged in and it is too easy to just brush off.

  3. Bill Fine says:

    I will have to admit that your dad is the most giving person I have ever met! Perhaps, his spirit of generosity will carry over to you!