How Much Should I Give… #GivingTuesday

The holiday season is a time when we think about giving… Especially, nowadays, with #GivingTuesday! But how much should we give… The woman with the oil gave all she had!? 


Five years ago, I issued the very first Love Challenge to myself… It was at the height of the Ice Bucket Challenge. I remember thinking “heralding a bucket of ice for a few seconds while posting for the world to see isn’t all that heroic…“ And I remember thinking, “I wish there could be a LOVE challenge!? What the world really needs is more love and less self-love.

Generosity is the act of being un-selfish and considering others. Generosity is loving your neighbor. Generosity is loving when it’s hard. And overwhelmingly, generosity is nails to a cross! Our commission is to love… And to love, generously.

As the first year of #theLoveChallenge came to a close In 2014, I re-issued the love challenge to include “Not only to be so full of God’s love, but shining BRIGHT for all to see.” I love these borrowed words, Actions contradict words.* How I long to preach the gospel of the good news… But my actions often fail me!?

“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15 (ESV)

 A lack of generosity and love towards others displays a lack of love for our Heavenly Father. Jesus said “When you do for the least of these, you have done unto me.”

Give much. Give often. Give freely… 

Loving is thinking of one‘s self less… Loving is simply being unselfish. 💕 

“To be so FULL of God’s love, I could not fathom speaking an unkind word or committing an unkind deed. Not only to be so full, but to SHINE so bright.” That is my quest, join me!?

To revisit the original 2014 post, Why I Give… {A Lesson My Grandmother Taught Me}, click here: https://www.rachelwrains.com/2014/12/why-i-give-a-lesson-my-grandmother-taught-me/

* from Timothy Keller

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