Joy in Giving

Intentional Generosity

Joy in Giving

Eric DunavantMay 6, 2020

We can’t control our circumstances, but we can control our attitude.

Are you experiencing joy in your giving?

Right now, my team and my wife are in a meeting that they do every single month.

Inside of our company, we take 10% of gross first-year profits and put them into an employee giving fund.

The employee giving has been one of the most exciting things for me.

There have been months where they’ve had thousands of dollars to give.

There have been months where they’ve had a hundred dollars to give.

No matter the amount, the joy of those meetings hasn’t changed.

The amount of giving doesn’t determine the joy.

I think sometimes we get caught up in this idea of, “Oh my goodness, am I giving enough? Could I be giving more? How much should I give?”

What God wants from us isn’t an amount.

What He wants from us is to experience the joy of engaging in the overall giving process.

Inside of these giving meetings, they’ve prayed over different opportunities.

There are some really, really cool stories of impact, but ultimately, it’s about joy.

Today I wanted to share the account of the widow’s mite.

It emphasizes how our heart and our posture of giving, rather than the amount that we give, reveals our joy.

Mark 12:41-44.

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts, but a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth but she, out of her poverty, put in everything, all that she had to live on.'”

This widow did not have a sense of obligation.

Two small copper coins are not a lot of money.

God’s not concerned about the amount.

God is concerned is what our motivation is.

In this season, there are so many places that need help.

Are you holding back because you don’t believe you have a lot to give?

I would encourage you not to let that hold you back.

Don’t let that be the thing that causes you to miss out on the opportunity.

In my only life, I’ve watched God call me to give in ways I didn’t understand, and every time he’s shown up and protected us.

I can’t say it enough, “Forget about the amount you have to give!”

Get excited about the giving process.

In the course of getting excited and engaging in the giving, then the blessing will arrive.

Think about this as we shift into this new season of normal.

Where can you see opportunities for you to engage in some giving and experience the joy that would come along with that experience?

Do you deny yourself an opportunity to experience more joy?

About the Author

Eric DunavantEric is the president of Paradiem, a man devoted to God and the advancement of His Kingdom.

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