Day 11

 

The Scripture

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.  – Proverbs 11:24, the Message Bible

Heart Thoughts

My family throughout the years has had the amazing privilege to know and work with some of the most generous people. We have also had the privilege, if you call it that, to know some very stingy, stingy people.  Before, I obeyed God’s call to go into full-time ministry, I worked as an accountant.  A career that several of my other close family members have done in well also.  I learned very quickly that when it comes to money there are some people that are ruled by it and there are others that rule over it.

From my experience, I have seen that those who have money ruling over them and those who rule over their money look the same in very many ways. They have nice things. They have certain luxuries that very few in this world will know or experience. Most of them believed there was a God and it was important to acknowledge Him. They all thought it was important to behave decently and treat others fairly.

Here is what separated the two groups. One group was so worried about their money that they prevented children from marrying someone out of fear that the possible candidate was only in it for the money. While the other group delighted in seeing the joy of their children fulfilled in marriage. One group pushed family members and friends away because of fear that it would cost them too much to be in the relationship. The other group believed their resources were for the benefit of their family and friends and felt privileged to have the opportunity.  One group resented anyone not in the same financial sphere as them and was paranoid of those with the same financial capacity or with more.  The other group made no distinction based on money but based on character.

Who were those generous people and who were those stingy people? They came from all ethnic, social and economic walks of life. No, they were not just the super-wealthy. They were also the middle-income and low-income.  Because this principle in Proverbs is true no matter what economic category you dwell within.  When you are generous your world enlarges around you but when you are stingy it shrinks in on you like cellophane.

Prayer

May the Lord God of Israel’s hope increase your capacity to be generous.  May you be generous with your finances, with your kinds words, with your acts of service and hospitality.  May you see your borders increase, your boundaries grow and new doors of opportunities open in front of you.

For the Feed

Who were those generous people and who were those stingy people? They came from all ethnic, social and economic walks of life. No, they were not just the super-wealthy. They were also the middle-income and low-income.  Because this principle in Proverbs is true no matter what economic category you dwell within.  When you are generous your world enlarges around you but when you are stingy it shrinks in on you like cellophane.