Giving When Money is Tight

Funny man Henny Youngman liked to say, “I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need—if I die by four o’clock.” A whole lot of us often feel the same way.

No-MoneyWhen I got married at the ripe age of 22, I was living on straight commission as an insurance salesman. Every month was a financial thrill ride and my new bride bravely held on with my feast or famine income. During one difficult stretch, I remember finding five rolls of fifty-cent coins I had forgotten about. Each roll was worth $20 and at that time, I felt like it was manna from heaven. It was.

For most young couples getting started, money is tight. It’s almost as if there is an unwritten rite-of-passage young married couples must go through. Perhaps this is so that later in life you can compare stories with your family and friends to see who had it worst.

The Bible makes it clear that giving is an act of faith, trust, and obedience. And for those of us who feel like we just don’t have much to give, here is some excellent advice, You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure (2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT).

There is a lie that “smells like smoke,” as my pastor used to say, that tries to convince us that our “little” gift is insignificant and meaningless. But of course, that lie misses the entire point of giving as an act of faith, trust, and obedience. The amount is never the issue.

Every month, for 22 years now, the ministry of LOGOI gets a letter with two quarters taped inside. The obvious fact that the postage to mail her 50 cents virtually negates her gift has never been a concern to her, or us.

We learned that some 25 years ago, she was in a terrible car accident that caused minor brain damage and left her  crippled. She barely gets by with the help of family and friends. But the 50 cents keep joyfully rolling in…often with an encouraging note just for us.

But come on, 50 cents? Can anything meaningful really be done with 50 cents? Well, it just so happens that LOGOI sponsors $5 national missionaries. A $5 national missionary is someone who was born and raised overseas, who already speaks the language, and is already serving God in some capacity. LOGOI national missionaries are “tent makers,” meaning they are already making their own living somehow. LOGOI invests in their on-the-job Bible training, in providing much needed Bible resources, and in good old fashioned encouragement which costs a remarkable $5 per month per national missionary.

Fifty cents per month over 22 years comes to $132. You can do the math, but 22 years later, this very generous lady has provided the monthly Bible training, help, and encouragement to 26 national missionaries.

You must decide in your heart how much to give…God will take it from there.