On a recent “date night” David and I decided to go to the grocery store together. This does not rank up there with my top 10 favorite dates, but because of my busier than normal week, it was a necessity. When David goes along with me, it usually ends up costing me… this trip was no exception.
One of his favorite brands of ice cream was on sale – BOGO free. As we approached the freezers I mentioned this and suggested he pick out two containers. He did. Then he picked out two more. (Those of you who know me well know that I tend to be frugal. :O) I felt myself bristle. “You want four?” I asked incredulously. Yep, he did. He could tell by the look on my face that I thought two was a gracious plenty, but four went into the cart.
The next morning in my Bible reading what should I read but these words: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from your hand.” ~ 1 Chron. 29:14
I heard the Holy Spirit’s gentle chiding, “Sonja, Sonja. Why are you so stingy? Week after week your husband shares his paycheck with you so that you can manage the household and you begrudge to let him have extra?” (Okay, I apologized!)
The same principle holds true in our relationship with our Father God. He has given us gift after gift – health… strength… the ability to make money… the ability to think and reason… the ability to love. Why do we hold back and hesitate to give back to Him?
Think about it…