Friday, April 8, 2011

Excessive Giving

"Why not begin operating under the idea that God has given us excess, not so we could have more, but so we could give more?" ~ David Platt, Radical.

This is what I've been mulling over lately.

It's so easy to look to our neighbors and see what we don't have.  Each of us could probably make a list several pages long of all the things we'd love to own, if only we had the money to buy them.

And yet, let's be honest, even in our humblest of living, we're blessed beyond words.

So why do we always want more?  What is it we're looking for?  Why is it so easy to live, surrounded by what would be considered luxury to most of the world, and yet still be so unsatisfied?

I can't sit here and honestly say I'd just give it all away.  I can wander through Target for hours on end for a reason, people.  We all have our weaknesses.

But I do like what David Platt is saying, because it causes me to stop and reassess:  if we were to get a bonus on the next paycheck, or if we were presented with an opportunity to earn more money, where would it go, and why?  Is there ever a point we could reach where we'd say we have enough, anything above and beyond this we're going to give away?

Just something to think about.



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3 comments:

  1. I wish human nature was not as self serving as it is. I think we all have GOOD intentions when we are given a chunk of money or when we get a raise..."if I get more money, I'm going to tithe more or donate to this cause.." then we get the money or things and realize how much we want and it goes so quickly. I have met some very generous people in my life though. People who give and don't think as much about their own needs. They are a rarity and I am always touched by their example. I want to be more like that! I love to give but, yes, I always feel like we have needs that have to come first...but, are they needs or could we get by without them? A great post today!! Happy Friday friend!

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  2. David Platt's book has helped me to test my thoughts against the bible not our culture. great post and a good reminder. Thanks for sharing.

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