2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)
7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
Proverbs 22:8 (NLT)
Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.
Ahhhh, the act of giving cheerfully. To others. Because you want to. Believe it or not, we’re wired to live a life of giving, cheerfully. Yet….
Proverbs 19:8 (NLT)
8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
To cherish understanding is the path to wisdom, yet how many of us seek what we don’t know when we’re so comfortable knowing what we know, even if we’re not sure how we got there. Far too many people know all about Christ and God from what they learned when they were 12 or 13 years old, then made up the rest in their own understanding. That wouldn’t work for other things, and it certainly doesn’t work for something that has eternal consequences. Of course, this observation is based solely on my life – yours is probably different.
Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Unwavering belief in a promise we all believe in – like we’re going to heaven because we believe we will because of something we’ve been working up in our head without any outside resources since we were a 13 year old.
Like all other wisdom, I wish it were that easy.
Oh, to give as we’re wired and instructed by God, to learn his ways and not ours, to sacrifice here on earth for the betterment of our planet and all it is, to gain widom on the promise of eternity. If those were all of our days, if that was what drove us…. Imagine.
I wish it were that easy.