We have been considering the topic of stewardship and money in our ABF, in particiluar regarding how our generosity with time and money ought to impact our relationships. Here is a great quote from C. S. Lewis regarding sacrificial giving, which is very convicting. He made these comments in reference to the widow’s sacrificial gift of 2 copper coins, which was all she had to live on (Luke 211-4).
“I do not believe one can settle on how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” – C.S. Lewis
Those are challenging words, but I am convinced they are true words. Chew on it, meditate on that truth, allow it to effect your conscience, and allow God to us that principle for good. And then stand back, in the midst of your sacrifice, and see how God will bless the giving.