Here are some good thoughts to help us get a handle on giving.
Dad was a great Little League baseball and grade school basketball coach. He taught a simple, 3-step way anyone could become a better player:
The same goes for deciding to give to a church, a charity or a cause. That’s the advice from Pastor Craig Groeschel, who wrote a column in Relevant Magazine that really made me think about whether or not I’m rich. He says we all need to practice having generous eyes. And:
“The only way to cultivate generous eyes is to practice — to look for opportunities and then give in to them.”
We’ll be drawn closer to God, he suggests, we’ll start seeing life from God’s perspective, if we practice, practice, practice giving at three levels. They’re easy to remember, too, because they all begin with “S.”
1. Spontaneous. When you see a need you can meet, do it.
2. Strategic. Plan your giving. Calculate ways your generosity can achieve maximum impact.
3. Sacrificial. Live like you’re managing not your own resources but God’s. Give both spontaneously and strategically, but use only the minimum that you need and give the rest away.
Is two out of three bad? 🙂
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