“Giving was really strong in 2021.”
I heard this comment from many of you last year. Reflecting on God’s goodness and the faithful giving of His people, you explained how even the unrelenting demands of the global pandemic could not suppress the generosity of God’s people.
For Rich and Ann Meyer, giving generously wasn’t about fulfilling obligations. Instead, their whole lifestyle was one of generosity.
Tithing was of particular importance for their family. “We all understood that this was a first priority,” recalls their daughter Anna Mae. “I have the image of dad sitting at his desk every weekend, putting cash into envelopes for different causes. On Sunday mornings, he would personally deliver each envelope to our church.”
Ah, the good life – beginning each and every day by shuffling barefoot out to the beach, just a few steps from your back door. There’s nothing to do (ever), and not a single care in the world belongs to you.
Sounds amazing, right? Who doesn’t want the good life? Except it doesn’t exist, at least not according to the way this world defines it.
When impulse buyers went shopping in the Middle Ages, they often ended up with a “pig-in-a-poke.” It made them wish they had practiced some patience and self-control.
Today, we’re not doing much better.
Is it possible to make regular, reasoned and calculated money choices? Can that little whisper telling us to “buy now” ever be silenced?