“And now, brothers we want you to know about the grace that God
has given the Macedonian churches. Out of their most severe trial,
their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”
2 Corinthians 8:1-2
Paul uses the Macedonian church as an example of how God’s grace can grow in His church. He shows that the Macedonian believers. We have written proof that God loves a cheerful giver.
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart,
not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
It is a basic Christian thought that we can’t out give God. Jesus pointed out the widow who gave her offering to God out of her poverty. He commended her by saying she gave more than the people who had more.
God gave His Son. When we give our all, whatever that might mean, we need to be thankful that we are able to give.
I recently left my key ring- the one with the fancy key fob- in the pocket of my good summer white slacks. I woke with a start around midnight and realized I might have left the car unlocked and the windows down. I asked Hubby if he had taken care of the car windows and locked the doors. Yes, he had. I had the thought I hadn’t checked the pockets of those slacks before I put them in the machine.
The next morning I had some laundry to do. As I opened the washing machine, I saw the ‘missing’ key fob on the bottom of the tub. I knew I had to find out if the buttons worked. I climbed the stairs and headed to the front door. At first, the unlock button didn’t cause the parking lights to ‘wink at me.’ The second time I tried to unlock it, the lights did as they were supposed to. I tested the trunk button and the locking mechanism. They worked! I felt as if I had climbed a mountain.
I called a friend and related my story to her. I recorded the results of this story in my EUCHARISTEO list. It’s number 521.I was overflowing with joy and gratitude to God for watching over a simpleton like me. Only a simpleton would forget to empty the pockets of her slacks.