The Lord Loves a Cheerful Giver

Happy Tuesday, everybody.  Yesterday we talked about money and giving.  Today, here we are again. Paul writes to the Corinthians:

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.o be in sort of a rut here.

We’ve all heard that money is the root of all evil.  But that’s not what the scripture says.  The actual quote is that the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil.  The First Commandment tells us that we should have no false Gods.  For some people, money is a God.  It’s the focus of their entire lives, certainly more important to them than God Himself.  That’s a sin.

Making a nice living for yourself and giving what’s left over to charity is something else altogether.  I’m not going to pretend to know what’s in anyone’s heart.  That’s between each of us and our Creator.  But we all know examples of wealthy people who are more than generous with their money.  Here in Saint Louis the Taylor family who own Enterprise Rent-a-Car come to mind and there are many others.

It’s very important for you and I to support worthy causes, like the Annual Catholic Appeal.  It all adds up.  But each year the campaign kicks off with hundreds of thousands of dollars contributed by some of our wealthiest neighbors.

On a national level, some of our richest Americans give huge amounts to charity.  Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and other wealthy folks have pledged to give half of everything they earn to those less fortunate.  That’s billions of dollars to help solve some of our society’s biggest problems.

Just between you and me, here’s a little secret.  My former pastor used to say that God can never be outdone in generosity.  Make it a habit to be generous to others and God will repay you, both in this life and the next.  Try it.  It really works.  But remember, it’s a circle.  When you find yourself being rewarded for your generosity, you have to share that reward too.  Giving and getting; giving and getting.  It’s a great feeling.

No, money isn’t the root of all evil for those who recognize it for what it is and for who makes it possible for them to earn it.  I’ve never seen a U-Haul trailer on the back of a hearse.  We can’t take it with us so it just makes good sense for us to share what we have with those who don’t have so much.

Not to get too political here, but it’s called “Christian charity.”  It’s a virtue as long as it’s done by you and me.  When the government tries to step in, that’s when things tend to go wrong.

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