Giving Back

The point is this: The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8 (NRSV)

Christine Adhikari lives in Georgia. One New Year's Eve when she was a young adult, Christine went to bed sobbing as she reflected on all that had gone wrong over the past year. She desperately prayed to God that the next year would be better.

A year later, she was back on her feet again. She felt overwhelmed by God's grace, and she wanted to do something to thank God.

At the time, she was not going to church consistently. She had just moved into a new area and was still trying to choose a church. She is also visually impaired and can't drive, so Christine had to ask others for rides.

Christine had not tithed since she started living on her own. So she added up her assets and gross income and sent a check worth 10 percent of the total to a local church, even though she wasn't a member. She also sent a note that read, "Use this to God's glory."

Christine didn't want to be thanked. It was her way of giving back to God a portion of all that God had given her. It doesn't seem like much considering the blessings God pours out in abundance.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for all the blessings you have given us. May our gifts reflect our gratitude for all that you have done, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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