If human nature is to give selflessly—which I believe it is—then learning to give is our greatest lesson—especially when giving is hard.
In staying single and pursuing my passion, I’d nurtured my faith from a pebble into a rock. God had always given me everything I needed to get by, but it seemed I’d hit a glass wall keeping me from abundance. I was scraping by—just not thriving.
My natural instinct had been to pinch and hoard every penny that came my way, which I did for a year. But after one payday, I finally realized that I'd had more than enough. I had debts to pay off and necessities to purchase. But I felt the need to give a portion of what I’d earned anyway.
So I tucked away 10 percent of my paycheck, and asked God to send me the person who needed my help. But no one came. And my bank account balance kept getting lower and lower. By the end of the month, I had nothing left but that 10 percent. How was I supposed to give that away?
The answer was to leap.
As I was spending my last bit of money on a blown-out tire, I came across a mother who needed the money I had saved. I cringed at first, fearing for my future. But I remembered that God had always provided for me before, and that He wouldn’t just stop—especially as I was making my first leap. And I was right. Just as I was getting down to my last bit of food, I was miraculously delivered $5,000 worth of new business in a single week—by far the most I’d ever earned.
My walk of faith began when I stopped using romantic relationships as crutches. I grew my faith by choosing to follow my dreams. And I cemented my faith by learning to give freely of what I’d earned. If these steps worked so well for me, I know they will work for you. So try them out for yourself. And live fearlessly.
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