I do give. I give my time and I give my sweat and tears. But I have struggled, in the past, with planning and preparing the gift of financial support. But I thank God that living debt free for almost 3 years helps me to be a better if not a more natural giver. It's natural because I plan to give and I work the plan. (Thanks Dave Ramsey).
Currently, I've been reading through the Bible in a 90 day program. I am passed 30 days. One of the things that I have been reminded of is how Isreal was instructed to give God of their "First Fruits" - their material wealth. I have a personal budget and plan all my spending, saving, and giving. But I realized that I usually give toward the end of the month in case some "surprise" happens and I need money for something else.
Well, this month I have resolved to give my budgeted giving its proper place - before all other things; i.e., "first fruits". First, this shows honor to God in putting him first before all my other wants and needs. Second, it shows my commitment to budgeting. Third, it reminds me that I love God.
Giving doesn't just happen because parents were givers. Giving happens because you want it to happen. Giving happens because one's focus is in correct form. Part of living the Christian life is to keep growing. One area of my lifestyle in Christ that is growing is my giving.
The Lord's humbled . . . John A. Reeves