So much has changed in our family and it just happened in the span of a year. A year before we were working so hard just to be able to meet our family’s needs and some of our wants. It’s seems no matter how hard we work and no matter how much salary we get it’s just enough for our small family and there’s nothing left to give anymore. Sometimes I pause from all the non-stop work and ask myself when am I going to earn enough to be able to give just a meager portion of my salary.
All of that changed now. It doesn’t mean we are earning more than ever though. It’s just that we had a complete paradigm shift. My eyes are brimming with tears now just recalling how God has been kind to us over the past years. He had been so good to us that we can’t ignore it anymore. We can’t explain the blessings that we receive other than through His provision. That’s why we’re so happy that finally we are able to give back to Him even though it’s just a little sum.
A month ago we made a pledge to our church. We thought we’re going to receive some extra money from hubby’s company this month so we pledged the full amount he’s going to receive. It turned out we’re not going to get it until the end of the year and so we had to scramble for some extra funds before the end of this month – the deadline for the pledge. I did a quick accounting this morning and was relieved that we can fulfill our pledge after all despite not receiving anything from hubby’s company. I thank God that He has not let us down once again.
Last night, hubby turned to me and said, “It’s such a nice feeling to be able to give.” I was silent because I didn’t know what to say but I was glad we felt the same way. Sure I can buy some things I so wanted with the amount we have been giving but for some reason I don’t feel lonely and empty anymore. For some reason giving has given us contentment and happiness in our simple lives. I know it’s ironic in this world driven by commercialism but it’s true.
35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘”