I kinda wanted a yellow one

I've been thinking a lot lately about money. Well, that's not true, it's more like being generous. We've been discussing this at BREATHE and a couple of us are considering a covenant of sorts. Generous Living Covenant. I understand each of those words independently but, not as a principle. When we consider that we have more than the rest of the world, that we throw out as garbage what many in the world would treasure, it's an easy decision. All we have (and are) is a gift from God--even our next breath.

I have too many clothes (too much 'stuff' in general really), It's embarrassing. I want to reflect the open, giving, extravagant, character of God. Is what I have, my stuff outdated and not-good-enough? Compared to what, to whom?

My daughter works at a movie theatre--actually it's a giant complex with a dozen or more theatres, I-max, etc. She works in the concession area. A few days ago she told me about a mother and daughter who were trying to buy some popcorn to eat during their movie, though they didn't have enough money since they spent it all on the tickets. The guy behind them in line heard the conflict and while the pair stood to the side to accept that there would be no popcorn, said, "Oh that's alright, let me look after it." And dropped a twenty to cover their snacks, paid for his own too and ....
walked away.

I want to be that guy.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17

1 comment:

  1. Hey Phil, good words. I am moving closer to agreement that a "covenant" is what I need. It scares me, but I also know that I can't keep living the way I am. Either I have to change the way I live, or I have to ignore the screaming voices, put them in a box and never listen to them again.
    We should talk more and figure how we can be generous in all walks of life.