A Journey of Generosity—Your Choice

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 37:16-26

The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives. (v. 21)

Albert Lexie was not a wealthy man. Yet he scraped together a $730 donation to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This was in 1981. Since then he has given more than $90,000. So where did he come up with all the money? He saved over the course of many years from the tips he collected polishing shoes at the hospital and at local businesses. Meanwhile, on average, the richest one percent own more than half of the world’s wealth. On average they donate just two percent to charities.

As we travel through life it’s easy to make the mistake of envying those who have larger incomes than we and more leisure time as well. Jesus and the apostles warned against such a mistake. Outward prosperity doesn’t last while the gifts of faith, love and generosity last forever (1 Cor. 13).

Likewise, the apostle Paul reminds us we will always have enough to be generous. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). It helps to give yourself a little test now and then. How much do I really need to happily serve God? Whatever your answer, I invite you to join me in making Paul’s commitment your own: “If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Tim. 6:8). —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Generous God, guide me on the path to greater generosity. I will begin today.