When There’s Too Much In The Collection Plate


Is there ever such a thing as too much giving?

Any satisfying answer requires a shift in the giving’s objective. Obviously, if the end goal of giving is always the gift, then there’s never such a thing as too much. But when giving is viewed as a means for connecting, then yes, there are scenarios when too much can be collected.

Moses felt this pressure point in the wilderness while the Israelites gave gifts to construct the tabernacle. The finest goods people had to give — from fine wool, to gold and precious stones — were piling up in ridiculous amounts. Moses raised the stop sign and declared enough was enough. This nearly forgotten scene from over 3,000 years ago raises a basic, but critical, question about the goal for any giving: What’s it for?

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