I’ve heard it said a thousand times in my life that Christmas time is the season of giving.
When I think about generosity, I always think back to a Relient K song I used to listen to in middle school and high school (thanks big sis for liking Relient K – we both know that’s the only reason I ever gave them a listen in the first place).
The song is called Give Until There’s Nothing Left (go figure), and you can check it out on youtube, if you want, by clicking HERE.
That song isn’t theological gold or anything, but the first verse really strikes me.
No one told me
The right way
The right way to go about this
So I’ll figure it out for myself
‘Cause how much is too much to give you?
Well I may never know
So I’ll just give until there’s nothing else
I think Christians talk a lot about generosity, even if we don’t always practice it. In our marriage I tend to be more of the “give as much money as we can possibly spare” mentality, while my husband leans more toward the camp of “let’s be practical and think about this before we start giving away everything we own.” ‘Tis but one of his flaws 🙂
I love the lines that say, “Cause how much is too much to give you? Well I may never know. So I’ll just give until there’s nothing else.” The beautiful thing about God is that His storehouses are never empty! In the past, I’ve had a tendency to cling pretty tightly to the things I had. It’s easy to see the money in my bank account, the things in my house, and even my time as mine, but the truth is that every single thing I have, including the breath in my lungs, is a gift from God. I can’t lay claim to any of it. The only reason we ever have any money is because God continues to supply it. We can’t give God too much of ourselves, our time, or our money because He is the one that gave it to us in the first place.
The more we give, the more I want to give, which brings to me to the end. Because God’s resources never run dry, we can never give to the point where there is nothing left. There is always more we can give. And I think we are called to that kind of giving – not reckless giving where we ignore our responsibilities, but sacrificial where we give beyond what is comfortable.
So, I want to challenge myself (and anyone who reads this) to give more than you think you can in this season and trust that God will bless the sacrifice.