Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. – 1 Timothy 6:18-19Being selfish in nature, giving is meant to be a little bit of a struggle at first. Pushing past it is the thing I have found brings you greater joy. Once you start sharing what God has blessed you with, all of a sudden the blessings start pouring back to you. I heard a preacher once say that "you can't out give God, just try." Well, we did try and every time we increased, HE increased. I don't like the preaching that we get what we give here on earth, because that seems to preach a payment mentality. This scripture is clear that we are storing up treasures in heaven. But, the part about taking hold of life that is truly life is the best part of the giving. Whatever it is that you have to give, time, money, influence, do so courageously and with an open heart. I'm preaching to myself here, saying it out loud so that I get it even more.
Onward and Upward,