For me, finances lately have been tight. I find myself having to take on a job after not working for four years since my retirement. Ugh. I am not able right now to give as I love to do. I have been disappointed in myself and have felt that the Lord is disappointed with me also. Just at the right time, my pastor spoke on 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 which says that each one must give as he has decided in his heart to give. Well, initially this confirmed my guilty feelings. But, wait!! He went on to say that these verses are not about money. The word heart here means understanding grace. The Lord doesn't care about how much money I make....He cares about my heart and understanding the grace He has blessed me with. Instead of feeling guilty, I need to be thanking that He has given me a job, for however long I need it, to make ends meet. Where is the guilt coming from? Certainly not from the Lord. Jesus wants me to understand that my wealth does not come from money, but in fully understanding that all my wealth is in the Cross. Amen to that!!!
~ Susan B.