When asked, “Would you die for someone you love?” most would answer affirmatively. If you ask a Christian, “Would you die for Christ?” you will again get a hearty “yes!” And yet, how often do we fail to sacrifice our little wants, needs, and desires for our loved ones, our neighbors, and our God?
When I was a young adult, I didn't how much I should give or how to work it in to my life effectively. I gave rather sporadically as my limited funds allowed and was rather ashamed of my inconsistent giving. My intention was always to give more, but then some unexpected expense would arise and I'd have to hold back. This is what I have learned in the intervening years: effective giving is borne of intentional planning rather than good intentions. So, how do we do this without being Ebenezer Scrooge or living in a commune?