He Said It! I Did It! Lesson 2: Give Generously, Yet Wisely
In 2005, former Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustee Charles W. Buffington Jr. and his son, Charles W. Buffington III, did what many aspire to do: They co-authored and published a book. “He Said It! I Did It!” takes readers on a journey to financial freedom that results in a life of abundance that honors God.
In the second lesson of this ten-part series, the Buffingtons provide great takeaways regarding the whole concept of generosity. They also emphasize that no amount of money is worth creating family strife. The following text reveals eight practices to help you and your family give generously, yet wisely.
Lesson 2: Give Generously, Yet Wisely
- Commit to tithing. You will be blessed for it.
- Give without expecting anything in return.
- Give wisely. Avoid setting dangerous precedents and damaging relationships because of unwise giving. Sometimes you can hurt people more than help them by giving them money.
- Establish criteria (not strings) for your giving. Having criteria for your giving sets personal standards that keep you from creating problems for yourself and your family.
- Develop an abundance mentality. Give generously knowing that there is more where that came from because God will continue to provide for you. Nothing makes you realize how truly blessed you are more than giving.
- The act of giving truly impacts people’s lives, even when it is not apparent to you. Your contributions could be helping a family create a secure home and generations of abundance and success.
- Get to know God, and giving will be easier.
Study the following Scriptures for a deeper understanding of what God says about these subjects:
Malachi 3:10-12: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.
Giving to Others
Psalm 112:5: Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
Psalm 112:9: He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.
Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.