The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. Our charities should pinch and hamper us. If we live at the same level of affluence as other people who have our level of income, we are probably giving away too little.
C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)
What is your reaction to this quote? I find it challenging. I fear few of us could meet C. S. Lewis’s standard–I know I don’t.
Sometimes it’s hard to see any change in ourselves or our circumstances. After all, we live in the present. That’s why it’s a good idea to occasionally look back to get the correct perspective. Not one of us is righteous, and few of us have a “Road to Damascus” experience (like the apostle Paul) that turns us around in an instant. However, when we walk with God, we do change. Think about who you were and what you were doing 1 year ago, 5 years ago, 10 or more years ago…you’ll see God’s hand in your life and how he has molded and changed you. Then give thanks and place your trust in His ability to make you into the person He wants you to be.