Luke 11:42 “I should know how to do this.” I’ve thought that phrase a hundred times since I’ve had my own home. Whether it be some home repair project, something out in the yard, or just other general things, I’ll look at an issue and think: “This is so basic. how do I not know how to do this?” The answer is pretty simple. It usually boils down to the fact that no one ever showed me how to do it, and I hadn’t needed to do it before. In those situations, I often refer to google or call up my grandpa to guide me. While I haven’t caused to much damage trying to do something when I didn’t really know what I was doing, it has costed me a lot of time. When I don’t know what to do, I usually don’t do anything at all. It doesn’t get done because I don’t know how to do it. The same has been true of my generosity at points in my life. I may want to be generous. I may want to trust God with my finances in resources, but sometimes I don’t know how. Are there rules to follow? What should I give to? Is it enough to hand $5 to the guy on the corner, or should it be something more? Several times in my life, I’ve been ignorant when it came to how I should be generous. In those situations, I don’t default to being overly generous. When I don’t know how to give, I don’t just give and see what happens. I often don’t give at all. When we don’t know how to do something, it doesn’t get done. Over the last few years, though, I’ve learned more and more about what God asks of me when it comes to generosity. I’ve asked Him, I’ve asked other people what they do, I’ve allowed God to lead me in that direction. In short, I asked for help and gave it a shot just like I should do when it comes to my home improvement projects. Don’t allow your generosity to be something that sits undone. If you don’t know how to be generous, figure it out. And, worst case, always err on the side of being too generous. God honors sacrifice and love. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
Reflect: Do you ever feel like you don’t know how to be generous in your life? What are some ways you can begin to learn how God would want you to be generous (or to become even more generous)? Pray: Spend a few minutes today asking God to lead you into the direction of generosity He would have you go. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Acts 21]]>