FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.”
Proverbs 3:27 (NLT2)
“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9 (NLT2)
OPTIMIZE MY MONEY: CONTRIBUTE YOUR BLESSINGS
There was a time when NFL MVP quarterback, Kurt Warner worked a night shift in a low paying job and relied on food stamps to feed his large family. But that all changed after the Saint Louis Rams won the Super Bowl in 2000. And because of those humble beginnings Kurt and his family are known as one of the most generous supporters of charitable causes of any NFL player. But apart from that, the Warner family makes it a point, knowing that they are blessed, to be generous in many other ways.
Kurt started a family tradition he called The Restaurant Game. The night before he headed out for a road game, Kurt and his wife Brenda would take their seven children out to a restaurant to eat a family dinner. Once they were seated, one of the children would scan the dining area like a quarterback scans the field looking for potential receivers. When the child picked a table, Kurt asked the waiter to add that table’s dinner tab to his own – anonymously. So on any given pre-game night a family ate free because of the goodness of a family that knows it is blessed beyond measure. (Karen Crouse, “Warner Sets Example for His Family and the Cardinals,”)
There are seasons of life “when it’s in your power to help” (Prov. 3:27) more than others. Here again the biblical principle isn’t the amount that you give. The principle of wise giving is doing what you can. The Apostle Paul writes, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God gives based on what He has. Ultimately, God gave His Son for us.
When you think about the blessings you have been giving, do you give “according to your riches?” Ask God if there is an area where He would like you to give out of your blessings today.