Yesterday, in the post Giving Out of Our Abundance, I asked, “What have you been given in abundance? Time? Faith? Energy? Resources? Influence? How can you use what you’ve been given to make a difference in the lives of those around you (or around the world)?”
We have all been given something in abundance… One of my friends at church has an abundance of time spent on the road to work each day… that’s a great time to make a difference in the lives of others by praying for them. My husband has an abundance of pain tolerance and he gives blood every 6 weeks or so… making a life-saving difference in the lives of others. Another friend is home from work because of an injury and has an abundance of time alone… now she’s offering to watch children occasionally for free for families who might need it… giving out of her abundance.
So, I told you I’d tell you what God has pressed on my heart to do with my abundance…
Last week, I read a tweet from David Platt (author of Radical) that cut me to the core… “Almost 1/2 of the world is struggling today to find food/water/shelter/medicine with the same amount of money we spend on french fries for lunch.”
People all over the world, here and there, are struggling to provide basic needs with what I spend on french fries (or in my case, Cokes). That’s when it hit me… I have an abundance of CHOICE. If I open my fridge (or pantry) to look for something to eat, I have so much to choose from. If I try to decide what to do for dinner… eat at home, order pizza, grab something out, go to a restaurant… it’s my choice. I can choose what, when and where to eat. I can choose to stay home and cook or go out to eat. I can choose to drink a canned Coke from the fridge or to go get one from the drive thru.
I have an abundance of choice… and thankfully so! But now I’ve been pressed upon by the Lord to look at what I do with my choices and how I can make a difference in the lives of others with those choices… in the lives of 1/2 of the population struggling to find food, water, shelter and medicine (both here and there).
Here’s how I feel God’s leading me to give out of my abundance…
Because I would daily go through the drive thru to get a $1 Coke, anytime I make the CHOICE to drink a can coke instead of go through the drive-thru I am putting a $1 aside to give to drill wells to provide life-giving clean water to people who walk miles to get stagnate water to drink… full of disease.
When I choose to buy generic canned cola instead of name brand Coca Cola I’m putting the difference in an envelope.
When I choose to drink water at the restaurant instead of ordering a Coke as I normally would, I’m putting the difference in that envelope.
When I chose to cook at home when I would normally have gone out to eat, I’m putting that money in the envelope.
I’m not doing anything extra really, just reevaluating my choices… and giving out of that abundance.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not giving up all Cokes at the drive thru… The boys and I went to eat at McDonald’s after going to the doctor yesterday. I’m not “giving up all of my abundance” I’m just “giving out of my abundance.” And after just starting this late last week, I was able to provide clean drinking water for 20 children for a year… and my contribution was doubled which means 40 children will have clean drinking water for a year! All because I gave out of my abundance of choices… I chose canned cokes over fountain drinks and generic over store-brand… I’m fortunate to have an abundance of choice, not everyone does.
Oh, almost forgot my other abundance that I’ve decided to use to make a difference in the lives of others… if you haven’t noticed already, I have an abundance of words! (just ask my husband) ;) So, here I am giving out of my abundance of words to hopefully spur you on toward love and good deeds to make a difference with your abundance, whatever that abundance might be!
I feel strongly that God’s not concerned with numbers. I believe He cares much more about our willingness. Our willingness to give out of our abundance… the abundance He’s given us.
I’ll be praying with and for you and would LOVE to have you praying with and for me as we make a difference in the lives of those around us! May God be glorified in and through our abundance! May He give us wisdom on how to use WHATEVER it is he has given us to the fullest!
Btw, out of my abundance of passion, I’ve set up a SomeGirl’sWebsite giving page at Living Water International to share with anyone who wants to be involved in providing clean drinking water in the name of Jesus through their organization with me… wouldn’t that be fun to make a difference together!? ♥
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