but these thoughts about money aren't my own. these are just some of my fav from Andy Stanley's book Fields of Gold. you should definitely go get it and read it. you can even borrow it from me if you want.
“Any fear associated with giving to God’s kingdom is irrational. It’s on par with a farmer who, out of fear of losing his seed, refuses to plant his fields.”
American Christians give less today to the church than we did during the Great Depression![WHAT!? holy crap. that's crazy. how is that even possible?]
**The thing to fear isn’t giving away too much, but giving too little.
“If you truly believe everything belongs to God, then you have nothing to fear after all. And if God is the source of all wealth and He controls the comings and goings of your money, then there’s no reason not to give.”[just think about that for a minute]
“So whenever God blesses us with more than we need, we see it as an opportunity to insure our future or to guarantee our next meal, while all along, God meant it as an opportunity for us to give more.”
*Andy thinks the amount of money entrusted to you in your life often depends on how well you steward what you have. i agree in principle.
“I’m afraid to sow my seed because then I won’t have the seed anymore.” = insane
“This is powerful news for anyone who’s afraid to give because of financial insecurity. It suggests that the wisest move we could make financially is to begin sowing our financial seed. When we do, God gets involved in our finances. And that’s the most financially secure place we could be.”
this is SO SIMPLE! God doesn’t give us a % or amount to give. No pressure. Just “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
God eliminates giving reactively or out of guilt. In other words, if that’s how you feel about giving, God says, “That’s OK, you just keep it. I’ll use somebody else’s.”
AWESOME = just so nobody can possibly pressure you into it!
great little book. i hope you enjoyed the highlights.