By: Mark and Cindy Kujawa, Chaplains at Vision Christian Media
A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl $0.50 and a $5.00 note for church. “Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,” she told the girl. When they were leaving church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given.
“Well,” said the little girl, “I was going to give the $5.00, but just before the collection the man in the pulpit said that we should all be cheerful givers. I knew I’d be a lot more cheerful if I gave the $0.50… so I did.”
The mother may not have agreed with her daughter’s reasoning, but at the heart of the matter is this fact – the daughter gave in the way she believed.
2 Corinthians 9:7 [NIV]
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Giving is about being honourable, being purposeful and being cheerful. It’s never about how much you give, if you do or don’t, if your mate gives next to you or not.
It’s always about you and the state of your heart – a cheerful heart!