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On Giving

On Giving
January 2015

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In this picture, it is my mom saying goodbye to my kids. As a woman and mom, I think sometimes it is hard to give love away. You want it close and it is hard to share what is most precious to you with the big wide world out there. But you do it anyway, because you know it is the thing to do and you pray that God watches us all under that one big sky we call earth.

Another thing I find hard to give is money. Simply because I have none or much of it. It has made me feel less than a complete Christian sometimes. What a phony! You know what, US100, US200 is really all I can manage right now. True, I am not your biggest donor. (I know that!) Maybe it is a good thing, because I don’t need you pandering to me. God is good, really, always.

I have given mouth-dropping stuff to complete strangers. I think God was using me to teach them something about faith in Him. Yes, ordinary Christians do not come in fancy suits always.

What else do I find hard to give? My very private life. Even when I was working at a television company, I loved making people look good on TV, rather than have the attention on me. But I have been really bugged in a big way recently by Luke 11:33.

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”

I am God’s lamp and child. Maybe all this public testimony is good. It forces me to look at what is still phony inside me and have what-is-not-of-God stuff removed.

Like what a friend used to tell me, “God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.” Help me live understanding life that way, Lord.


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