Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How much should I give? A thought for Tuesday from C.S. Lewis

I do not believe one can settle 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, Mere Christianity

This is one of my favorite quotes. I think it's thoroughly biblical as well. No rules or percentages. Just give more than you can spare (and be honest, we all have a LOT to spare- whether it is time, love, money, or abilities). We all have a LOT to give. And that's my simple challenge for this Thanksgiving/ Christmas season. Find something you are passionate about. Pray about it. Give until it hurts.

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