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verses 6-7: “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

I remember a comic strip once called Dan’l Boone (a takeoff on the frontier and Daniel Boone). This particular strip had two church members discussing church news; one said to the other “I hear that offerings are up in the church since they put Dan’l in charge of collections.” The other says, “oh, why is that?” The next panel shows Dan’l passing the plate to the two of them…tied onto the end of his rifle! As they nervously contribute, Dan’l just grins and says “Bless you, brother!” 🙂

Now, obviously the strip is meant in jest. But it stood out to me, and I’ve always remembered it. We shouldn’t give to God grudgingly; we should be more than happy to give back to God. My wife once heard a sermon on these verses that states that “cheerful” actually translates to mean “hilarious”…to be a hilarious giver. Now that doesn’t mean jump down the aisle like Daffy Duck; however, we should be happy to give, overjoyed to give to God. Please keep that spirit of giving in mind next time you give at church. Remember God gives us so much…and on top of that He gave His Son to die for us.

One other thing….if you are the usher at a church, it’s okay to smile when you’re passing the plate. So many times, I’ve seen ushers, grim-faced and solemn, passing the offering plate as if they were just forced to eat a lemon! Yes, be dignified; yes, treat it seriously, for it’s a service to your church and to God. But it’s okay to smile to the person putting money in the plate. The last time I ushered, my partner on the other side of the pew and I passed our plates down the same pew. The split-second, “what do I do now” look of the poor soul, sitting there with 2 plates in each hand, was just too funny. I almost busted out laughing. It was a honest mistake, and a funny little mistimed handoff, but you know, God has a sense of humor, too! 🙂

Have a blessed day in Him!

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