Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. It is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a movement to encourage charitable giving. And I plan to make a contribution. Last year, I wanted to, but felt I couldn't afford it. Before that, it honestly--and I'm ashamed to admit this--never crossed my mind. But for some reason, this season of life has made me want to be more charitable. And I know that desire is from God; He is using this season to make me generous.
My church just finished our series on generosity. I have never identified with a financial sermon until this series, and I am so glad my heart was open. It gave me more of a sense of financial freedom than I'd felt in a year. I started tithing more at church, with full trust in God. And the minute I did that, incredible things happened. But two things really stuck out to me: (1) generous people are not just generous when it is convenient; and (2) work doesn't give you purpose; you give purpose to your work.
I had always thought of myself as caring and generous, but I knew that when it came down to it, if I felt we were on the edge financially, we wouldn't give. I chose our comfort, my comfort, over the calling to give.
For years, I thought work would bring me a sense of purpose and would fulfill me. It's only recently that I realized that I can love my job, but that God uses that job to do other things. I joke that I work so my pets can have a better life, and that's entirely true. If worst came to worst, I would provide for them before I provided for myself. But He also blessed me with this job so I could give back. Thanks to this job, I can make those charitable contributions I've been longing to make.
And for that, I am thankful.
I am thankful that God blessed me with a job that I not only find meaning in, but that I give meaning to. I am thankful to have a job that allows me to make contributions I want to make. I am thankful for the opportunity to be generous. And that is what I strive to be.
So as Giving Tuesday rolls around, I want to encourage you to give to a cause that is near to you. But don't just do it on this one day. Make it consistent. I want to encourage you to be generous.