Lenten Reflections: Letting Go of Stinginess, Living a Generous Life

You know what makes me very, very sad?

When those who follow Jesus are parsimonious they proclaim by action that the God we serve is Himself limited and stingy.

And that is a lie.

So today’s fast is stinginess.

Don’t get me wrong-don’t start a string of comments that pit one economic system against another, please. BUT-God’s economy is NOT a zero-sum “game” where if one person receives plenty another goes wanting.

God’s economy is one of plentitude where every single need can be bountifully met from His overflowing grace and resources.

When His people are stingy-reserving for themselves lest they be left destitute-we are lying (yes, LYING!) about His character.

There is no lack with the Lord. There is no potential that somehow He will run out of grace or provision.

When we give and give and give again, we are letting the world know that our Faithful Father not only owns “the cattle on a thousand hills” but that He is more than willing to give them up for His children.

…love does not calculate. What an honor to be remembered as one who love lavishly. Today, fast stinginess: seek an opportunity to be irrationally lavish toward someone who cannot possibly return the favor. Give because you love. Give without letting reason ration out your love in stingy portions.

Alicia Britt Chole

Try it for just one day.

Open your hand and heart without trying to determine if the person asking is worthy.

Sit back and see how the Lord can work through your generosity to draw others to Himself.

**As promised, I am sharing thoughts on 40 DAYS OF DECREASE (a Lenten journal/devotional). If you choose to get and use the book yourself, I’ll be a day behind in sharing so as not to influence anyone else’s experience.**

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

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