I have been convicted lately. It has been on my mind, weighing heavy. Last year was not characterized by giving, let alone generous giving. When I first started my business, that was at the forefront of my mind. Giving as generously as I felt possible. But this last year I spent traveling and having fun. Balancing stress and hard work with lattes and lunch dates. But I don't want this year to be the same. I want this year to be lived with less. With giving more. I feel the gluttony of the last year. And don't get me wrong, it wasn't anything extravagant, but more than was necessary.
For a couple of weeks now, I have been thinking on this, but it was not until this morning and reading in Exodus that I was struck by how giving should look like. I read Exodus 35 + 36 and here are some excerpts...
"And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, 'This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying, "Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the Lord's contribution" '...And everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord's contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments. Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and woman, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the Lord....Everyone who could make a contribution of silver and bronze brought the Lord's contribution;...and they said to Moses, 'The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.' So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, 'Let neither man nor woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.' Thus the people were strained from bringing any more. For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it."
This year I am committed to giving a portion of all sales to Generosity.org, a humanitarian organization devoted to providing clean water to communities in developing countries. You can learn more about the life changing effects clean water brings and the desperate need for so many by visiting Generosity.org.
My business is not possible without water. I take for granted the blessing of having clean water so accessible. I could not imagine life without it.