True love can only be described as sacrificial love. The total giving of one’s self for someone else. In marriage, it’s 100%/100%, at least in a perfect world.
But what can we give to others?
The Elephant in the Room
Attend church on any given Sunday, and the offering will more than likely talk about the resources we can give:
(Oh yea) and our money.
But if we live in the United States, we’ve got plenty of money. Maybe not as much as we want, but for the most part, we’re able to eat three meals a day and have a roof over our heads, to say the least.
The article that challenged me was written by Ann Voscamp. You can read the entire article here.
She wrote the article while visiting survivors of the recent genocide in Rwanda. Here are a few quotes from the article:
We Have More to Give
“It’s only by grace you weren’t born in the middle of a slum, it’s only by grace that you weren’t born in the middle of a genocide, it’s only by grace that you weren’t born in the middle of a wilderness hiding for your life under grass, that you weren’t born with your stomach burning 24 hours a day with hunger pangs.”
“Wherever your money goes most effortlessly — is what your heart most effortlessly treasures. Because for such a time as now, we can testify the blazing epiphany of it: If you’re not able to give joyfully and sacrificially, that tells you there is something awry with you and God relationally. Because for such a time as now, we’ve seen and we are now response-able and we’re ready to be done with having bloated building budgets while African mothers have bloated babies dying in their arms.”
We Can Do More
And we should do more. The question is this: Will we do more?