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Posted on July 3, 2022 at 8:10 PM

Monday Meditation - Give Freely 7/4/2022

 

I enjoy giving. I like to do things for people and to give of my time to worthy causes. My husband and I give donations regularly to our church and other charities, and we each volunteer several hours a week.

 

But I recently read a reflection about giving joyfully and freely, and it got me to thinking. Do I truly give freely to others and to God?

 

It’s easy for me to give of my excess. We have enough money to live on, so it is no problem to donate $30 or $50 to a charity. We periodically clean out closets and cupboards and take boxes of items we no longer need to thrift stores or church collections.

 

Yet that feels like giving from my excess.

 

It’s really, really hard for me to part with items. I “might need” that kitchen item someday, or maybe I’ll lose enough weight for that fabulous garment to fit again. Having gone through several lean years when I had little, I am extremely reluctant to throw things away, even though many of those things qualify now as “excess.” I do periodically tell myself that when I have several days free I will go through it all and purge, it seems like those free days never arrive.

 

I know God calls me to give and give freely, so why is it so hard? Why do I feel resentment when someone (or God) asks me to give something?

 

I have read many articles and books about how to clean out, yet I still can’t seem to do it. I need to somehow fix my mindset, although I’m not really sure the best way to do that, either. So this is a new prayer of mine: Lord, show me that so much of what I have I do not need. Help me to see how someone else could get use and joy from those items and give me the grace to let much of it go. And once I reach that point, then, Lord, grant me the grace to be able to start giving freely from my need as well.

 

After praying this prayer last week, I did do some cleaning out. I went through a section of my bedroom closet, and two shelves in my hall closet. I threw out some things that were of no use to anyone, and I did identify several items that will be given away. Although looking again at my closets, I see that there still is plenty of excess there…I guess I am going to have to do this process again, and again, and possibly again….

 

Are you able to give freely? If so, you are greatly blessed! If not, perhaps you could pray along with me this week for the grace to take a step or two to give away some money or things to help you start on the path toward the blessing of giving freely.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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